Investment, trade and aid can have adverse effects on local communities and economies, undermining peace and even creating or exacerbating conflict.

We help companies to assess the risks and impacts of their operations on local communities.

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Investment, trade and aid can generate significant economic wealth and help support social development. However, they can also have adverse effects on local communities and economies, undermining peace and even creating or exacerbating conflict.

We help companies to assess the risks and impacts of their operations on local communities, to ensure their activities do not fuel tensions or violence. We advise governments and international institutions on how to enhance the peacebuilding potential of their economic policies and projects. We also support local communities to shape and benefit from economic development.

Our work is important because investment and trade can help support peace and development, but those who invest in conflict-prone and high-risk places often lack the skills and experience to avoid exacerbating instability and violence.

Why: 

Businesses that invest in conflict-prone or high-risk areas often experience reduced access to markets and capital, damaged infrastructure and direct attacks on personnel and assets.

By proactively adopting policies and practices which are sensitive to local conflict contexts, comply with human rights standards and follow best practices in corporate sustainability, businesses can minimise any adverse impact their conduct and investment could have on local communities. In doing so, they can also reduce risks to their operations and contribute to local stability and development.

It is also important to better utilise the positive role that domestic and international investment and trade can play in supporting peace and development in conflict-prone countries. This needs to be reflected in the international community’s economic recovery efforts and government policies and practices, which should promote and support activities that encourage economic recovery and private sector development.

Finally, it is important to empower local populations and civil society organisations to better protect their rights, and to shape and benefit from the economic activities affecting their communities.

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A renewed partnership

International Alert is pleased to announce the renewal of our three-year strategic partnership with mining company Anglo American.

Восстановление железных дорог на Южном Кавказе, Том 2

Данная публикация посвящена оценке потенциальных затрат и выгод от восстановления железных дорог на Южном Кавказе, в частности, железной дороги Карс-Гюмри-Нахичевань-Мегри-Баку.

A model for cooperation in the South Caucasus

Over the last three months International Alert and our partner, the Caucasus Business and Development Network (CBDN), have been hosting a series of festivals in the South Caucasus to promote regional economic dialogue and cooperation, including CBDN’s own Caucasian Brands.

Exhibition: Caucasus Tastes and Flavours

The Caucasus Business and Development Network (CBDN) and peacebuilding organisation International Alert are holding ‘Caucasus Tastes and Flavours’, an exhibition of Caucasian Brand's tea, honey, cheese and wine, in the square at the Martiros Saryan monument in Yerevan on 10 July 2014 from 4-8pm.

CBDN invites citizens and guests of Yerevan to taste, discuss and give feedback on Caucasian Brands, which are the result of regional cooperation and symbols of an economically connected and cooperating South Caucasus.

Caucasus Tastes and Flavours

The Caucasus Business and Development Network (CBDN) and peacebuilding organisation International Alert are holding ‘Caucasus Tastes and Flavours’, an exhibition of Caucasian Brand's tea, honey, cheese and wine, in the square at the Martiros Saryan monument in Yerevan on 10 July 2014 from 4-8pm.

The business of peace

International Alert’s Programme Manager for South and Southeast Asia, Markus Mayer, recently met with key officials from major national and multinational companies operating in Pakistan, to discuss the role they can play in supporting peace in the country.

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Peace-sensitive economic development

There is a general consensus among the international donor community that good economic governance is one of the critical factors determining the prospects for economic growth. Yet when it comes to deciding which governance challenges should be prioritised, there is much less agreement. On the one hand, focussing on improving economic governance can create the conditions for improved market efficiency. On the other hand, it does not directly deal with the root causes of social and political instability, which decreases the attractiveness of the investment climate.

Extracting peace: The management of natural resources as a platform for promoting peace in Liberia

The management of natural resources in Liberia comes with risks as well as opportunities. On the one hand, there is the opportunity for the country to use its natural endowments to attract investment and promote greater economic development. On the other hand, there is the increased risk of political and social instability caused by the mismanagement of natural resources.