Lompo, Kevin Minkieba, and Jean-Francois Trani (2011). "Is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) a successful social innovation for human development?" Paper presented at the 8th annual conference of the HDCA, 6-8 September 2011, the Hague, the Netherlands.

More and more multinational companies are asked to intervene in the development of local communities in developing countries. Willingly or unwillingly, they have intervened from the theoretical framework of corporate social responsibility (CSR). However, is their impact effective? Does it stimulate social innovation? Using the example of oil companies in the Niger Delta, and by using logistic regressions on well-being, empowerment and political participation, we have shown that the impact of CSR projects is weak, because it cannot stimulate individual change and societal change at the same time. In order to increase their impact on local communities, oil companies should learn from capability approach and broaden the information base which is use for “business case for CSR” conception.