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Doing business in conflict affected environments: From building the peace to building the private sector

Date
Time (GMT +01) 16:30 18:00

Speakers:

Diana Klein - Project Manager, Peacebuilding Issues Programme, International Alert

Andrew Bone - Director of International Relations, De Beers

Lisa Curtis - Adviser, ManoCap

Chair:

Simon Maxwell - Senior Research Associate, ODI

Description

Peace and economic growth and closely related. How can policy makers maximize the impact of private sector for both peace and development?

Fragile environments create extra constraints on the private sector, and can limit the range and success of development interventions. Traditional interventions in conflict affected areas can undermine the market - and market interventions can sometimes undermine a fragile peace. Despite these risks, the private sector survives through conflict and is a key source of post-conflict recovery.

This event will draw out lessons from conflict affected countries on how policy makers can support private sector development for both peace and development. What are the main risks and how can they be minimized? What distinguishes companies with a positive impact on the peace and development and those that don’t?