The Platform's work on business and peace evolved from several meetings in 2012 to indentify an action framework for business and peacebuilding. A resulting multi-stakeholder process focused on dispute resolution and prevention capacities at the local level, as well as on the respective roles of international actors – including but not limited to business – in strengthening them.
A key result of this process was the outcome document Confronting Risk, Mobilizing Action: A Framework for Conflict Prevention in the Context of Large-scale Business Investments which takes stock, distils promising action trends, and charts an action framework. The process also established a cross-sectoral network counting more than 100 professionals from a variety of business and peacebuilding backgrounds. The initiative evolved as a partnership with the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and PeaceNexus Foundations, and included two multi-stakeholder retreats and research in Uganda.
Based on this process, the Platform maintains an active network within the business community working in conflict risk management and facilitates several exchanges on this topic per year.
Selected publications on business and peace
Business and the UN Peace and Security Agenda (Brief 10/2016)
What Role of the Private Sector in the Prevention of Election Violence? The Case of Kenya (Paper 13/2015)
Confronting Risk, Mobilizing Action - A Framework for Conflict Prevention in the Context of Large-scale Business Investments (With Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung, 2012)
Business and Conflict Prevention: Towards a Framework for Action (Paper 2/2011)