A New Type of Contract: The examination of the role of big business in strengthening the social contracts in sub-Saharan Africa.
Hudson, Nathalie M.
- Submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree Masters of International Business at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Abstract: This paper will argue one of the most promising ways to push African countries up in human development rankings is to consciously work at this point of nexus between people, business, and government: the social contract. Through the acknowledgement of the social ... read morecontract, and why it is different across sub-Saharan Africa, business and government will be better equipped to work together and bring positive change across the continent. This paper will place the discussion of the social contract in African states in the context of changing trends of development and corporate responsibility, and provide recommendations and examples as to how this approach has the potential to accelerate long-term sustainable development through product design, self-regulation, and complementary community support. The academic study of the social contract on the African continent, and particularly related to business, is limited. It is therefore the intent that this paper serves as a first step to bringing a philosophical concept into the discourse, and providing new avenues to be explored and results quantified as business and governments continue to work together for development on the continent.read less