Peace economies

Whether through aid delivered at the height of a conflict, ongoing business and trade, or investments made in post-conflict settings, economic policies and practices play a huge role in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS).

Businesses, development organisations, informal economic actors, policymakers, and investors can exacerbate or drive conflict through their political, socio-economic, and environmental impacts. They also have the power to contribute to addressing conflict and actively build the conditions for peace.

Our work aims to address the structural causes of conflict by influencing economic actors at the local, national, regional, and international level to understand the impact of their work in FCAS, promoting a conflict-sensitive approach to do no harm and supporting them to proactively engage in building peace.

Our programmatic interventions include supporting local level traders, in places like DRC and Tajikistan, to access sustainable livelihoods, reducing economic tensions and addressing marginalisation. We also engage with private sector companies operating in FCAS, for example in Kenya, to mainstream Conflict Sensitive Business Practice in their internal policies and operations and to comply with accountability frameworks such as the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

We also advise and support financial institutions and investors to help ensure their lending policies and practices are conflict sensitive, and that they leverage their Environmental, Social and Governance investments for peace.

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Partnerships and collaboration at the local, national and international level are central to our peacebuilding work. We’d love to hear from you.