The event focused on a new BCPR report entitled Post-Conflict Economic Recovery: Enabling Local Ingenuity (attached), and advanced the idea that conflict results both from and in socio-economic imbalances.
While armed conflict generally has a negative effect on the national economy, this does not mean that economic activity ceases. Rather, local people maintain economic strategies and survival mechanisms, and it is these ‘indigenous drivers' that should be seen as central to national economic recovery in post-conflict situations.
Based on the report, the discussants investigated the links between local economic activities, national and international policy, and post-conflict economic recovery. They pointed to the importance of economic policies promoting inclusion and equality, as well as that of employment creation.
The findings of the report were also judged in relation to more contentious issues, such as the inseparability of economic issues from politics and history, the inability to clearly distinguish between conflict and post-conflicts environments, and the challenge of practically engaging with these ‘indigenous drivers'.