Keeping the peace in the Niger Delta: from ‘petro violence’ to ‘partnership development’

This article examines the globalization of corporate strategic philanthropy as played out in the Niger Delta of Nigeria. The region has been marked by a history of State and petroleum industry collusion leading to social repression, ecological destruction and local conflict, termed ‘petro violence’. In examining the extractive industry’s response to social dislocation in the Delta, the article focuses on the recent adoption of a model of partnership and conflict resolution by Shell Nigeria. The social stabilization project promoted by Shell’s partnership model and facilitated by international donors and State institutions, termed the ‘leverage buy in’, exemplifies the reciprocal formation of the projects of corporate social governance and development assistance in the Nigerian context. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]

Title: Keeping the peace in the Niger Delta: from ‘petro violence’ to ‘partnership development’
Author: Zalik, Anna
Year: 2004
Periodical: Nigerian Journal of International Affairs
Volume: 30
Issue: 1
Pages: 68-105
Language: English
Geographic term: Nigeria
Abstract: This article examines the globalization of corporate strategic philanthropy as played out in the Niger Delta of Nigeria. The region has been marked by a history of State and petroleum industry collusion leading to social repression, ecological destruction and local conflict, termed ‘petro violence’. In examining the extractive industry’s response to social dislocation in the Delta, the article focuses on the recent adoption of a model of partnership and conflict resolution by Shell Nigeria. The social stabilization project promoted by Shell’s partnership model and facilitated by international donors and State institutions, termed the ‘leverage buy in’, exemplifies the reciprocal formation of the projects of corporate social governance and development assistance in the Nigerian context. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]