P42


Relevance of the economy in transformations from war to peace in South Asia 
Convenors:
Andrea Iff (swisspeace)
Rina Alluri (swisspeace)
Location:
C408
Start time:
26 July, 2012 at 16:15 (UTC+0)
Session slots:
1

Short Abstract:

Departing from the assumption that socio-economic reconstruction in post-conflict countries is a "development-plus" challenge, the panel seeks to discuss how the private sector interacts with other economic and political actors within conflict contexts.

Long Abstract

The economic dimensions in (post)-conflict countries are most relevant for achieving sustainable and stable peace. South Asia is particularly relevant as the economies of post-conflict countries are more diversified than in other regions of the world. We depart from the assumption that socio‐economic reconstruction in post‐conflict countries is a "development plus" challenge, meaning that these countries face the same challenges as other developing countries, plus the added challenge of achieving reconciliation and peace. Based on this, case studies from India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be used to illustrate how addressing economic dimensions of peace and conflict often lead to varying results.Instead of looking at different (monetary) incentives how private sector can be promoted after violent conflict (financing, better insurance coverage, or export credits), this panel looks at how private sector actually contributes to peacebuilding in post‐conflict societies. The panel does not seek to identify specific companies or local businesses, but rather places an emphasis on understanding different perspectives on the role of private sector. Specifically, the panel seeks to discuss how the private sector interacts with other economic and political factors and actors within conflict contexts.

Accepted papers: