MNEmerge Newsletter January 2015

The next steps in research – the case studies in Brazil, Ghana and India

The MNEmerge project is dealing with a very relevant issue of how to reduce poverty in developing countries. The project aims to provide a comprehensive framework for understanding the impact of multinational enterprises (MNEs) on United Nations Millennium Development Goals in developing countries using case studies, quantitative data as well as policy analysis. The project will examine the impact of MNEs on local development and poverty reduction in developing countries and provide recommendations for firm strategy and state policy. The project includes field research in Brazil, Ghana and India, focusing on electrification, health and sanitation.

Among the first research steps in the project has been the creation of the framework for analysing the impacts of MNEs on local development and poverty reduction in developing countries. The framework focuses on the activities of MNEs, local firms and policymakers in developing countries. The framework will be used as a basis for the individual case studies in Brazil, Ghana and India, and in-depth interviews with company representatives and other stakeholders, such as government and NGO representatives will be conducted in all three countries. There will also be strong interaction between various cases to allow comparison and benchmarking. The aim is to develop understanding of linkages between MNEs, multiple local actors, local development and poverty reduction, as well as of the spillover effects of MNE activities, and to identify the rationale behind MNEs’ foreign direct investment (FDI).

Regarding the next steps in the research, the model that will be used to conduct case studies has now been finalised and the different project partners in Brazil, Ghana and India are in the process of conducting case studies. For instance, regarding the Ghana case study, the University of Oxford has planned to carry out fieldwork – the survey among MNEs in Ghana – between March and April 2015 and analyse the collected data over the summer. Furthermore, the University of Oxford is processing a tender to appoint a consultant or an organisation to conduct a survey for the India case study.

The second project meeting held successfully

The second MNEmerge project meeting was held at UNU-MERIT in Maastricht, the Netherlands on 13-14 November 2014. During the two days of the meeting, the project partners engaged in fruitful discussions about the progress of the research and the next steps in the various work packages of the project.

Coming up

Baltic Rim Economies Special Issue on Corporate Social Responsibility will be published in March 2015. Baltic Rim Economies (BRE) is a quarterly review published by the Pan-European Institute. In the BRE review invited writers, such as high level public and corporate decision makers, representatives of Academia, as well as several other experts discuss topical themes through expert columns. BRE is distributed electronically and free of charge to over 80 countries. This Special Issue on CSR is part of the MNEmerge project and will comprise articles discussing the themes of the project as well as other topical issues related to CSR.

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