Mobilising the Ugandan business community for peace

Scoping study – Summary report

Summary:

This research assesses the potential of the private sector in Uganda to address the country’s conflicts and contribute to peacebuilding. It presents the findings of a scoping study undertaken by International Alert and funded by Swedish government, which ran from October 2005–July 2006. Recognition and understanding of a ‘positive’ face of business activity in conflict zones adds a valuable new layer to the inquiry into ‘war economies’ that is underway internationally. The purpose of this research project was to shed light on such dynamics as they relate to latent or existing conflicts in Uganda, with a particular emphasis on any potential for peacebuilding and reducing conflict.