A leap forward

Last month International Alert, in close collaboration with the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), organised a series of three-day trainings for private sector and national and international civil society organisations on conflict-sensitive business initiatives.

The training, entitled ‘Building the capacity of Pakistan’s business sector to benefit from dividends of peace’, was funded by the European Union. The series kicked-off in Rawalpindi on 4–5 September, followed by Islamabad on 8–10 September and Karachi on 12–14 September.

The objective of the course was to expand on the main concepts, approaches and practices of conflict-sensitive business, enabling participants to enhance their profits. It also introduced attendees to conflict analysis methodologies, helping them to better understand conflict dynamics, think of strategies to bridge existing divides and mitigate potential risks. In doing so, it improved the expertise and knowledge-base of participants in designing a sustainable business model to implement in their own businesses.

The trainings were attended by members of chambers of commerce, NGOs, corporate firms and owners of private businesses and boutiques specialising in a range of products, from jewellery to kitchen interiors. A total of 70 people participated in the three trainings.

Conducted by international trainers from LSBF and Alert, the training was designed on the model of experiential learning.

The training is part of our project, ‘Plural Business Partnership for Peace in Pakistan’. You can find out more about our work in Pakistan here.