“Corporate saviourism” and poverty in the Global South

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This chapter deploys the term “corporate saviourism” to describe multi-stakeholder partnerships in which businesses are engaged in the intentional practice of development in the Global South. Through examples from rural Ethiopia and Tanzania, we illustrate how these acts of goodwill aim to install the ideas of entrepreneurship and individualised responsibility into societies and to create human capital for a capitalist social order. While enacting a neoliberal governance rationality, the development interventions depoliticise questions related to inequitable distribution of wealth, entitlement, and rights. For multi-stakeholder partnerships to become truly transformative, however, people and inclusive governments in the Global South must become part of them as the main power holders.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransformative Action for Sustainable Outcomes : Responsible Organising
EditorsMaria Sandberg, Janne Tienari
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
Publication date2022
ISBN (Print)978-1-032-13534-2, 978-1-032-13536-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-22972-8
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameRoutledge advances in sociology


  • 520 Other social sciences
  • multistakeholder partnerships
  • CSR
  • poverty reduction
  • Global South
  • 512 Business and Management

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Responsible organising


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