Corporate social responsibility and poverty alleviation in a developing country context

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dc.contributor.author Zakka, Janine Saba
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-13T07:37:05Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-13T07:37:05Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-10-12
dc.identifier.issn 2165-6258 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/6774 en_US
dc.description.abstract Lebanon is a developing country in the Middle East that witnessed civil war and political instability since 1975. Lebanon is surrounded by Arab States that are facing turmoil and demonstrations by poverty stricken populations demanding economic and political reforms. Although Lebanon now is enjoying peace, and on the economic side it has accomplished major reforms and successes after the war, it is still politically unstable with weak state institutions. This resulted in underprivileged areas that are poverty stricken. The private sector is the leading power in the Lebanese economy and a major employer. Organizations in the private sector follow international business methods with the required codes of ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices that enable them to become international players. The CSR practices in Lebanon vary from being philanthropic, up to helping alleviate poverty through providing microcredit to communities or to entrepreneurships. In addition, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) established in Lebanon offer training and microcredit to entrepreneurs needed to establish or expand their businesses. In this paper, case studies on applying CSR by Lebanese business organizations and by small entrepreneurships are used to investigate the role of microcredit and philanthropic practices in poverty alleviation in a developing country. Semi structured interviews with NGO officials, entrepreneurs, and executives of large business organizations in Lebanon and published information were used to gather the information. The results of the case studies show that in a developing country, microcredit alone is not sufficient to provide sustainability in poverty alleviation, it should be accompanied by education and training. CSR practices should emphasize developmental projects that target the needs of underprivileged communities in Lebanon, in order to ensure sustainability. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Corporate social responsibility and poverty alleviation in a developing country context en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle case studies from Lebanon en_US
dc.author.school SOB en_US
dc.author.idnumber 198229010 en_US
dc.author.department Department of Finance and Accounting (FINA) en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Humanities and Social Sciences Review en_US
dc.journal.volume 1 en_US
dc.journal.issue 1 en_US
dc.article.pages 59-73 en_US
dc.keywords Corporate social responsibility en_US
dc.keywords Microfinance institutions en_US
dc.keywords Poverty alleviation en_US
dc.keywords Qualitative analysis en_US
dc.keywords Interviews en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Zakka, J. S. (2012). Corporate Social Responsibility and Poverty Alleviation in a Developing Country Context: Case Studies from Lebanon. Humanities and Social Science Review, 1(1), 59-73. en_US
dc.author.email jzacca@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.universitypublications.net/hssr/0101/html/HAD757.xml en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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