1st Edition

Multinationals, Poverty Alleviation and UK Aid The Complex Quest for Mutually Beneficial Outcomes

By Jo-Anna Russon Copyright 2024
    288 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book analyses the complex relationship between the private sector, UK official development assistance (ODA) and poverty alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa.

    In recent years, the private sector has occupied an increasingly prominent position within UK ODA, bringing a range of opportunities and conflicting interests. This book first traces the trajectory of private sector engagement in ODA, before setting out the theoretical and analytical framework for analysing the mutual prosperity agenda in UK ODA – the notion that ODA can benefit both donor and beneficiary country interests. By extending corporate social responsibility theory (in the emerging field of business and development studies) to ODA, the book critiques the underlying assumptions contained within UK ODA-multinational corporation partnerships. With reference to three case studies GlaxoSmithKline plc., Barclays plc. and Anheuser-Busch InBev (formerly SABMiller), the book identifies where the activities of multinational corporations support and/or undermine ODA goals and the implications for the UK’s mutual prosperity agenda.

    Overall, the book reflects a pragmatic approach to maximising the role of private sector actors in ODA, whilst also drawing attention to the opportunities and challenges in the mutual prosperity agenda. The book will be of interest to researchers from business management, development studies and political science, as well as to practitioners with an interest in the role of the private sector in ODA.

    Chapter 1: Multinationals and the UK mutual prosperity agenda

    Chapter 2: Bilateral ODA and the private sector: approaches and modalities

    Chapter 3: Theorising the MNC-Donor-Development relationship

    Chapter 4: UK ODA and the private sector

    Chapter 5: GlaxoSmithKline plc and UK ODA in Kenya and Nigeria

    Chapter 6: Barclays plc and UK ODA in Tanzania and Zambia

    Chapter 7: AB InBev and UK ODA in Mozambique and South Africa

    Chapter 8: MNCs and ODA alignment: a CSR perspective

    Chapter 9: The CSR-ODA nexus: poverty reduction and mutually beneficial outcomes

    Chapter 10: Summary and closing remarks


    Jo-Anna Russon is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Education, University of Nottingham, UK. Her research focuses on the relationship between the private sector and international development, particularly in the context of UK foreign aid. Her research to date has focused primarily on multinational corporations and corporate social responsibility in sub-Saharan Africa, and technical and vocational education in South Africa and Uganda. More recent research focuses on consultants and contractors in UK aid, and cash transfers for community-led skills development in Uganda.