More documents from Ford, Jolyon

Export to your Reference Manger

Please Copy & Paste



Bookmark and Share

Promoting conflict-sensitive business activity during peacebuilding

[working paper]

Ford, Jolyon

fulltextDownloadDownload full text

(235 KByte)

Citation Suggestion

Please use the following Persistent Identifier (PID) to cite this document:

Further Details
Corporate Editor swisspeace - Schweizerische Friedensstiftung
Abstract This paper considers aspects of the relationship between policies promoting private sector investment and growth, and policies consolidating peace. It covers post-conflict transitions where external authorities play a major role. A core contemporary peacebuilding policy assumption is that stimulating economic recovery is vital to sustaining political settlements and social cohesion. Yet how do we respond when policies to stimulate investment and imperatives to consolidate peace lead to contradictory choices? The paper considers framing investment-promotion activities as quasi-regulatory in nature, given that external actors are shaping and influencing private sector impacts on peacebuilding. It reflects on ideas of "transitionalism" as a distinctive policy mindset during exceptional recovery periods. It addresses three questions: (1) what is distinctive about transitional approaches to influencing the ways that business actors may impact peacebuilding (compared with "routine" developmental settings)? (2) What is distinctive about promoting conflict-sensitive business activity and investment, and how might this require different priorities? (3) What is the proper balance in transitional policymaking between attracting investment to capital-starved settings, and requiring investment to be responsible? (author's abstract)
Keywords peace; economy; regulation; private sector; conflict strategy; transition; national state; investment; growth; peace policy; development; promotion; peace process
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy; Economic Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
City Bern
Page/Pages 34 p.
Series swisspeace Working Paper, 1/2016
ISBN 978-3-908230-99-1
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications