A Review of Health-Related Corporate Social Responsibility in Africa

Increasingly a part of corporations’ business strategies, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an expression of the business desire to create value for both the corporation and the community in which it operates. In an effort to understand the potential for leveraging the contributions of private companies to the health sector in Africa, the African Strategies for Health (ASH) project conducted a review of health-related CSR across the continent. The multi-country study focused on identifying the business incentives, main approaches, and coordination efforts currently practiced for CSR. The report aims to provide a better understanding of existing CSR for health in Africa and opportunities for ministries of health and USAID missions to leverage CSR activities. Recommendations are intended to facilitate the development of meaningful relationships with local and international companies interested in investing in health programs in Africa to sustainably contribute to the improvement of health outcomes.