Indeed strengthening the private sector and market-based economies has become a key concern for development assistance, including in countries affected by conflict. Given the important role that the allocation of resources and lack of economic opportunities play in many conflicts, such economic recovery and development efforts are bound to affect core conflict dynamics, and the economic legacies left by war.
But while the links between peacebuilding and the economy may be obvious, it is less clear how a peacebuilding approach to economic interventions can be achieved in practice, and how they can be made conflict-sensitive. Understanding the ways in which economic interventions can impact conflict dynamics is therefore crucial, and needs to inform programming and implementation.
The objectives of the overall project are three-fold:
1. To identify lessons in order to generate evidence-based resources and guidance for policymakers and practitioners to improve the conflict-sensitivity and peacebuilding impacts of economic interventions
2. To promote uptake of such good practice
3. To put the links between economic recovery and peacebuilding on the agenda of relevant national and international actors through advocacy, outreach and networking
‘Peacebuilding Essentials for Economic Development Practitioners’ is a series of practice notes produced in partnership with leading experts and practitioners from relevant fields. It aims to:
Topics covered in the series include:
If you are interested in partnering with Alert on this series, please contact Joost van der Zwan
Case study series
The collection of four case studies illustrates the wide range of economic conflict causes, impacts and needs; as well as responses to them in different contexts. Each case study provides a specific ‘snapshot’, focusing on particular economic peacebuilding priorities
For key lessons and recommendations from the studies read: Synthesis Paper. Strenghtening The Economic Dimensions of Peace Building.
The third component of this project is design and delivery of trainings to strengthen the economic dimensions of peacebuilding, for different international and in-country audiences. This includes:
The project team also works to design and delivery tailor-made courses in this area. For inquiries, please contact Joost van der Zwan
Aside from research, guidance and training, we respond to ongoing opportunities and invitations for outreach, awareness raising and advisory work, in partnership with different international organisations. Past examples include:
Identifying and promoting good practices
Alert supports the Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP) Network’s efforts to develop and pilot guidelines for economic recovery after crisis. SEEP is a membership-based organization of over 67 NGOs working in enterprise development. The Economic Recovery Standards are now available for public comments, and will be field-tested in the course of 2009-10.
We also respond to calls for commissioned work. Past examples include: