We help businesses, communities and governments ensure that economic development in conflict-affected countries is inclusive and sustainable, so that peace and prosperity go hand in hand.

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Investment, trade and aid can generate significant economic wealth and help support social development, but can also have adverse effects on local communities and economies.

We help businesses, communities and governments ensure that economic development in conflict-affected countries is inclusive and sustainable, so that peace and prosperity go hand in hand.

We advise companies, governments and international institutions on how to enhance the peacebuilding potential of their economic policies, and help local communities to shape and benefit from economic development.


Domestic and international investment and trade can play a positive and important role in supporting peace and development in conflict-prone countries.

This needs to be reflected in the international community’s economic development efforts and government policies and practices, which should promote and support activities that encourage economic recovery and private sector development.

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. But by proactively adopting policies and practices that 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 important to empower local populations and civil society organisations in these processes, to better protect their rights, and to shape and benefit from the economic activities affecting their communities.

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Economic growth can help contribute to peace in Uganda

Conflict is born of unresolved differences, and violent conflict is when these get out of hand. This happens when the mechanisms for managing and resolving differences and conflicts are overwhelmed. Ugandans experienced this almost continuously from Independence in 1962, until 2006 when the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) left Uganda to inflict its mayhem, pain and sorrow elsewhere in central Africa.

Peace in Colombia is everybody’s business

There is not a great deal of positive news in the world today. And yet, one of the most positive developments concerning peace and conflict has gone largely unreported. Last month, the world’s longest running conflict came one giant step closer to its end with the signing of the permanent ceasefire between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). While the rest of the world, and the UK more specifically, woke to the shock news of Brexit, Colombians all over, starting with myself, rejoiced with the unprecedented announcement.

Business advocacy for peace

Much ink has been spilt on arguing that economic issues trigger conflict, but what is certain is that the economy can also contribute to peace. This is the rationale behind International Alert’s ‘Business advocacy for peace’ project, which operates in the South Caucasus and Turkey.

Investing in peace in Myanmar

International Alert has contributed to a two-day workshop with the private sector in Myanmar exploring how the adoption of responsible business practices is crucial to supporting sustainable development in the country.

Alert's partner urges Malaysia to re-open trade border with southern Philippines

Sulu, Philippines, 16 April 2016: The Malaysian government must "immediately reopen" its borders in Sabah to travelers and commercial traders from southern Philippines, according to International Alert's partner Lupah Sug Bangsamoro Women Association Inc. The association also called on the Philippine government to engage in dialogue with Malaysia and "take collaborative and nuanced actions to address security and economic issues in its shared borders".

სადავო საზღვრების გავლით მიმდინარე ვაჭრობის რეგულირება

მოცემული ნაშრომი მიზნად ისახავს წარმოადგინოს მარეგულირებელი ჩარჩოს შესამუშავებლად აუცილებელი საფუძვლები, რაც მიმდინარე უკანონო ვაჭრობას პროგნოზირებად, გამჭვირვალე სივრცეში მოათავსებს და თავის მხრივ, ხელს შეუწყობს ნდობაზე დამყარებული ურთიერთობების ჩამოყალიბებას.

Trading across borders for peace and prosperity

This blog was first published in Devex on 28 March 2016. When we think of people crossing borders, our minds jump to the tragedies of the millions of refugees who flee their homes to find safety and to build new lives. But there are also millions of people who cross borders every single day, back and forth, to earn a living.

Five reasons why conflict-sensitivity matters for human rights

Since the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) five years ago, companies have increasingly undertaken efforts to ensure a respect for human rights in their activities. Whilst substantial progress has been made, the significance of these developments for companies operating in conflict areas remains underexplored.