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Download the ATDF Journal Version 9, Issue 1, 2017 on the Sustainability effects from embeddedness of multinational enterprises (MNEs) in developing countries.

The Journal discusses embeddedness and assessing the quality and extent of «local embeddedness» as a sustainability indicator that captures the positive externalities as well as negative externalaties generated by multinational companies for the local economy, the local environment, and the transformation of the local community.

Peoples economic activities are embedded in their networks of social relations and whether or not people can trust each other. Mark Granovetter, 1985

Embedded ties create value through three mechanisms: trust, fine-grained information transfer, and joint problem solving. Brian Uzzi, 1996.

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The Development of a Continental Services Market: An Opportunity for Africa’s Transformation

Africa is appealing to business in two ways, its low-cost resources and free-trade agreements that promote trade across half the continent. Transformative is the word most commonly used when people refer to the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). A primary aim of this ambitious effort is the expansion of intra-African trade by lowering the Read More …

In Memory of Calestous Juma

Philipp Aerni, December 20, 2017 Kenyan-born Harvard Kennedy School professor Calestous Juma died on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the age of 64. He was a member of the advisory board of the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS) at the University of Zurich and gave his last talk at CCRS on February 19, Read More …

ATDF Journal: Embeddedness and Sustainability of MNC’s

This ATDF Journal discusses embeddedness and assessing the quality and extent of «local embeddedness» as a sustainability indicator that captures the positive externalities generated by multinational companies for the local economy the local environment, and the local community and its transformation. The term ‘embeddedness’ has been shaped and re-shaped by the research of economic sociologists Read More …

From Philanthropy to Business: When Transformation is the Only Way to Stay True to Your Mission

Ulrich Frei – Director, FUNDES International, Costa Rica Isabelle Schluep – Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of Zurich Abstract The sustainable development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Latin America is FUNDES’ mission and reason for being. The work of FUNDES involves targeted learning among its customers that can Read More …

Chinese official development assistance (ODA)boosts economic growth in recipient countries study finds.

Authors: Dreher, Axel and Fuchs, Andreas and Parks, Bradley and Strange, Austin M. and Tierney, Michael J., October 2017. The new study finds that Chinese official development assistance (ODA) boosts economic growth in recipient countries. But find no robust evidence that World Bank aid promotes growth. The authors use a new dataset of official financing Read More …

Stopping postharvest food losses by scaling African-made low-tech cooling units

Written By. Abdi Latif Dahir Africa Innovators: March 13, 2017 Read Article here. The United Nations humanitarian chief announced the world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations was founded in 1945 with more than 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria at risk of starvation and famine. “To be Read More …

Technology will drive scientific progress in Africa not the other way round

While basic scientific research is still relevant in Africa, its relevance is enhanced when linked to efforts to solve daily problems argues Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School   For example, in transportation, it is one thing to conduct basic research in material sciences. But the quickest way Read More …

Coping with Migration-Induced Urban Growth: Addressing the Blind Spot of UN Habitat

Philipp Aerni This article is a contribution to the Sustainability Special Issue: A Contextual and Dynamic Understanding of Sustainable Urbanisation   Read the full article here   or   Download PDF version here Abstract The demography of cities in the 21st century will be shaped, to a large extent, by migration. This paper argues that the rights-based approach Read More …

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