Albert Tibaijuka: Multinational Mines and Communities of Place. Revisiting Stakeholder Dialogue Discourse from Geita, Tanzania
PhD-thesis in African Studies, University of Basel
Stakeholder dialogue (SD) is progressively being purported as an effective tool for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices. Various CSR studies argue that SD is a platform which enables two or more differing groups to address misunderstandings and increase cooperation and connectivity. Of recent, the business world has witnessed many Multinational Mines (MMs) recognizing local communities as their stakeholders and the two parties dialoging for better CSR practices and settling differences. In the vicinity of Lake Victoria, Tanzania, Geita Gold Mine (GGM), a mining company owned by Anglo Gold Ashanti based in South Africa, has for over a decade now been dialoging with its neighboring communities. Although the company's annual reports, press releases and other forms of publicity demonstrate a positive outcome of the ongoing dialogue, little has been studied on what constitute SD from the local communities' perspective. This study examined the local communities' understanding of, and involvement in the dialogue with GGM, in order to offer a deeper understanding of SD practices. Given the prevailing perception that GGM is paying little attention to the interests and viewpoints of its neighbouring communities, the study used semi structured interviews and discourse analysis tool, to go through the narrated life and livelihood experiences of the latter, to illustrate how dialogue processes in Geita, Tanzania, go beyond roundtable meetings and indeed how such practices further our understanding of the concept stakeholder dialogue.
Albert Tibaijuka completed his PhD at the Centre for African Studies, Basel University, Switzerland, in 2016. He did his BA in Mass Communication at St. Augustine University of Tanzania, Mwanza and his MA in Media studies at Southampton Solent University in United Kingdom. His MA thesis analyzed the reputation of Dow Chemical Company in reference to the communities in Bhopal- India and the tragic industrial accident occurred almost three decades ago.
Currently, Tibaijuka is a lecturer at St. Augustine University of Tanzania, serving the Faculty of Social Sciences and Communications.