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Natural Resources and Peacebuilding: The Role of the Private Sector

June 2012

Citation: 42 ELR 10511

Issue: 6

Author: Diana Klein and Ulrike Joras

Corporate participation in peacebuilding can be vital, but measures have to be taken to prevent companies from aggravating conflicts. This chapter illustrates how private investments can promote peacebuilding by contributing to economic development, dialogue, and reconciliation. It describes the challenges that exist in attracting and realizing investments and suggests ways in which private investments can be managed to be constructive, rather than destructive, to peace.

Diana Klein is a project manager in International Alert’s Peacebuilding Issues Programme, and Ulrike Joras is a senior program officer in the same department.

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