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How effective CRS, citizen engagement can accelerate Africa’s development’

By Helen Oji
08 February 2023   |   3:14 am
With the changes witnessed in the global economy and the continent,  corporate social responsibility (CSR) and  citizen engagement can play a significant role in fostering Africa’s development.

With the changes witnessed in the global economy and the continent,  corporate social responsibility (CSR) and  citizen engagement can play a significant role in fostering Africa’s development.

This, formed the highlights of  the recently concluded 2023 Africa NXT talk session held in Lagos on Monday.

The session which was put together by leading digital charity platform, ProjectGiiV, had the founder, Olamide Jasanya, and other professionals like Ifesinachi Okpagu, Chief Marketing Officer, Heirs Insurance, Olapeju Ibekwe, Chied Executive Officer(CEO) of Sterling One Foundation, Ken Egbas, CEO of TruCSR and founder of Chess in Slums, Tunde Onakoya, discuss extensively the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and how it can be used to foster economic growth and social progress in Africa.

The stakeholders also stressed the need  to create meaningful partnerships between private and public sectors, as well as how to leverage resources to drive positive change in Africa through  strategic  CSR and citizen engagement.

In his remark, Jasanya noted that CSR involves companies taking responsibility for their actions and considering the impacts of their decisions on society and the environment, and citizen engagement involves the public having a say in the decisions that affect them  and their communities.

According to him, by combining both elements,  companies can work together with local communities to develop sustainable solutions to common problems.

“CSR and Citizen Engagement CSR are key factors in developing sustainable local economies and communities. Companies can use CSR to invest in local communities and create jobs.

“This can help to reduce poverty and provide economic opportunities for people. Companies can also use CSR to help protect the environment and promote conservation. By investing in renewable energy sources and other green initiatives, the effects of climate change can be reduced and a healthier environment, created for people to live in.

“Citizen engagement is an essential part of developing sustainable local economies and communities. It is important for
citizens to have a say in the decisions that affect them and their communities”, he said.

Okpagu stated that there is need for effective  collaboration between the public and private  sectors as well as efforts made in achieving social impact through the empowerment of African entrepreneurs.

She added that CSR is critical to the economic development of Nigeria and Africa at large.

Corroborating, Ibekwe said government  should  collaborate with the private sector to  identify existing solutions and drive an efficient partnership towards the same goal of CSR.

Egbas spoke from the direction of measuring the impact of CSR. He stated that companies must consider why they invest in CSR to effectively measure its impact on the community and how it benefits both the public and private sectors.
for Onokoya , CSR should be seen from an end-to end perspective where companies are deliberate about their efforts and the  expected outcome it will generate.

The session is the latest effort from ProjectGiiV to continue its advocacy , encourage and democratise charitable initiatives.

The organisation continues to ease the process of philanthropic donations making it easy for donors to meet with need homes via its website and mobile app,and make donations without hassle.

Since its operations in 2020, the platform has facilitated donations worth over N10 million. Over time, ProjectGiiV has partnered with other humanitarian organizations, corporate entities, and individuals to further achieve its corporate philosophy of helping  people to do good and touching more lives.

The platform continues to thrive on its pillars – Empathy, Service, Transparency, and Speed – to reach more homes and individuals. With a strong board of trustees and a a diverse executive management team, ProjectGiiV remains committed to becoming the leading digital charity platform in Nigeria and across Africa.