The aim of this descriptive and exploratory study is to address a gap in the literature in a topic that remains largely under-researched in Egypt. It attempts to shed the light on the practices of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Egyptian context to evaluate their compliance with the imperatives of Sustainable Development that have become a global concern. These concerns are much more pressing in Egypt, due to the necessity to plan interventions more long-term. The study is of importance to policy-makers in their design of strategies and policies in a broader framework of poverty alleviation within Egypt's Sustainable Development Vision 2030, with the private sector as a major societal player, through CSR activities. The methodology relies on qualitative research, based on the analysis of 2 case studies, and in-depth interviews; on a globalist multinational company represented in Egypt, and the second is a local family business that is typical of many local corporates. After analyzing using the model of assessment from Wood (1991) and Carroll (1979), several findings are noted. Institutional variables, such as cultural and religious beliefs, as well as uncertainty of socioeconomic conditions, are binding elements for the local approach to CSR that still invests heavily in philanthropy. The globalist CSR of the multinational is more assertive due to the experience of the mother company and 26 subsidiaries. The thesis concludes with recommendations to include sustainable development indicators in assessing CSR and to view CSR from a public policy perspective.


Public Policy & Administration Department

Degree Name

MA in Public Administration

Graduation Date


Submission Date

September 2016

First Advisor

Abdelhalim, Khaled

Committee Member 1

Barsoum, Ghada

Committee Member 2

Khater, Hatem


120 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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