Abdullah Adil

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Assoc. PhD Student

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Research Project

Practices and Economic Impact of Corporate Social ReResponsibility (CSR) in Afghanistan

Businessmen, researchers, and policy makers are increasingly concerned with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It is clear that business behavior influences human lives and the environment in different ways, while the socio-economic environment is considered as a fundamental determinant for successful and sustainable business. Therefore, it is expected from businesses to take the responsibility of various issues aligned with their business agenda. CSR in developing countries can be distinguished from that in developed world, by looking to its internal and external drivers and other notable characteristics of the countries and their socio-economic structures. The largest fraction of academic discussion mostly focuses on the developed world while comparatively less is known about CSR in developing countries. Therefore, this study tries to catch an overall picture of the issue in the context of developing countries with the special focus on country case of Afghanistan. This study will explore the nature and practice of ongoing CSR activities by looking to the verified claims of the CSR initiatives in Afghanistan. Furthermore, the study will deeply analyze the economic impact of the CSR in order to answer the fundamental question, whether it could be an alternative or substitute for public utility provision or not. Supervisor: Prof. Wilhelm Löwenstein

Research Interest

  • The changing role of businesses in the society
  • Theory of firm and market
  • Economic policy impact analysis
  • International macroeconomics with special focus on trade theories and policies
  • Economies of developing and emerging countries


2004 - 2008:   Bachelor in Economics, Nangarhar University, Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
2010 - 2011:   Advanced Bachelor upgrade in Economics & Management, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.
2011 - 2013:   MSc in Economics & Management, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.

Publications & Translations

  • Adil Abdullah et al, (2014). National Position Paper on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges Afghanistan, European Union-CASCAD
  • Adil Abdullah & Vreen A. (2014). Economic and Business Terms (English-Pashto explanatory dictionary). Sahar printing press -funded by German-Afghan University Society (DAUG). Kabul-Afghanistan.
  • Adil Abdullah (2013). Import Substitution in Afghanistan, Potentials and Risks. A master thesis, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.
  • Adil Abdullah (2013). Business informatics. English-Pashto translation, Textbook and supporting reader for university curriculum. funded by IEE-RUB Germany, Kabul-Afghanistan.
  • Adil Abdullah (2012). Public Economics. English-Pashto translation, Textbook and supporting reader for university curriculum. funded by IEE-RUB Germany, Kabul-Afghanistan.

Work Experience

  • Lecturer and teaching assistant: Nangarhar University, Jalalabad, Afghanistan. 2008-now.
  • Lecturer at University: Aryana University, Jalalabad, Afghanistan. 2009.
  • Head of Research Board of the Faculty of Economics, Nangarhar University, 2013-2014.
  • Member of Curriculum Development Committee, Nangarhar University, 2013-2014.