The Role of Development Oriented Non-Governmental Organizations in Creating Shared Value in the Educational Sector of Ghana: The Mediating Role of Basic Needs

  • Mohammed Abubakari SadickEmail author
  • Wenyuan Li
  • Abdul-Aziz Ibn Musah
  • Alhassan Abdul-Rasheed Alolo Akeji
  • Hira Salah Ud din Khan
Original Paper


This paper employed a structural equation modeling technique to investigate how Development Oriented Non-Governmental Organizations (DONGOs) could complement government efforts through the concept of shared value creation in the educational sector of Ghana. To address this objective, we analyzed whether DONGOs could create shared value by pursuing both social and economic objectives and also how the growing basic needs of education could influence these relationships. The study concluded that basic needs fully mediate social value to shared value and partially mediate economic value to shared value. Moreover, the study revealed that economic value to shared value creation is statistically significant and also demonstrated a positive and significant relationship between social value and shared value. The results further indicate that basic needs have a positive and significant relationship with shared value.


Creation of shared value (CSV) Social value Economic value Basic needs Development Oriented Non-Governmental Organizations (DONGOs) 



This work is sponsored by Chinese National Fund “Research on the Formation and Governance Mechanisms of Enterprise Open Innovation Ecosystem” (15BGL032).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Ethical Standards

All procedures performed in this study were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. The study also complied with the guidelines by Development Oriented Non-Governmental Organizations (DONGOs) and the statutory provisions in Ghana for the conduct of research.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study. Respondents were informed about the objectives of the research and were made to understand that the study is scientific and confidential in nature. The respondents were also made to understand that the study is given a global and anonymous treatment to any data collected. Questionnaire was then administered to respondents who in this case are members of DONGOs to solicit information about the operations of their entities regarding economic and social issues.


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  1. 1.Department of Marketing, School of ManagementJiangsu UniversityZhenjiangPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of StatisticsTamale Technical UniversityTamaleGhana
  3. 3.Department of MarketingTamale Technical UniversityTamaleGhana

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