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Investing for Peace: The Private Sector and the Challenges of Peacebuilding

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Mats Berdal, Nader Mousavizadeh

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37 - 57
Number of pages21
Issue number2
Early online date25 Mar 2010
E-pub ahead of print25 Mar 2010
PublishedApr 2010

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The new environment for peacebuilding is defined by new approaches to aid, a redefinition of the private sector to include hybrid forms of state and market activity, a new balance of emphasis between corporate social responsibility activities on the part of private-sector actors and the foundational importance of robust legal and regulatory frameworks, a structural boom in demand for natural resources, and the opportunity to have essential small and medium-sized private-sector activity catalysed by macro-finance investment in natural-resources sectors. It presents new risks as well as new opportunities and requires, above all, a new compact between the international donor community and governments in countries experiencing or emerging from conflict that seek to trade their way to sustainable development.

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