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Conference: Private Sector Development and Peacebuilding - Exploring Local and International Perspectives, Berlin, September 2006
 
 
Implementing agency(ies)GIZ (formerly GTZ), International Alert
Funding agency(ies)BMZ, Department for International Development (DFID)
Date completedSeptember 2006
Issues/challengesBMZ, DFID, GTZ and International Alert organized an international conference on 'Private Sector Development and Peacebuilding: Exploring Local and International Perspectives' in Berlin on the 14/15 September 2006. During these two days some 140 experts in the fields of private sector development (PSD) and peacebuilding, representing various foreign offices and donor agencies as well as NGOs, research institutions and the private sector discussed how to promote a private sector role in peacebuilding, PSD in conflict and post-conflict situations. Discussions also explored how to integrate the two disciplines of PSD and peacebuilding to develop conflict-sensitive and peacebuilding PSD interventions. This was the first international conference of its kind to consider these topics, therefore, the format of the event focused on exchange of experiences, reflecting the high demand for knowledge transfer, rather than technically oriented workshops. The event had the following main objectives:

* to highlight the domestic private sector's potential to contribute to peacebuilding in conflict-affected countries;
* to highlight emerging international experience in private sector development (PSD) programming at a country-level; and
* to facilitate cross-learning between peacebuilding and PSD practitioners.
Contact person(s)Ms. Sabine Becker
 
Description
A total of 24 presentations followed by plenary discussions addressed a variety of topics within six major areas: The Private Sector, Economic Growth and Peace Processes; Post-Conflict Investment; The Peacebuilding Potential of the Domestic Private Sector; PSD in Conflict Settings; PSD in Post-Conflict; Improved Planning, Intervention and Coordination in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings; as well as Emerging Issues in Conflict-Affected Economies. General Information on the conference including a conference communique summarizing major messages from the conference, all presentations and keynotes as well as the results from the two working groups, will be posted on the right hand side shortly.

a) General Information
Conference Agenda (Concept Note, Programme, Administrative Details)
Conference Report
Welcome Address by Parliamentary Secretary of State, Ms. Karin Kortmann (in German only)
List of participants
GTZ Press Release
Useful websites

KEYNOTES AND PRESENTATIONS
b) Opening Panel: The Private Sector, Economic Growth and Peace Processes

Cornelia Richter, Head of Planning and Development, GTZ
Nick Killick, Head of Peacebuilding Issues Programme, International Alert
Pierre Guislain, General Manager FIAS, Investment Climate Department, World Bank Group
Paul Collier, Professor of Economics, Oxford University
Brian Whittaker, Chief Executive, Business Trust, South Africa

c) Post-Conflict Investment
'Understanding Investment in Post-Conflict Settings' by Tony Addison
'Facilitating Post-conflict Investment' by Rob Mills
'Public-Private Partnerships in post-conflict' by Joerg Hartmann
'Private Investment and the Role of the State in Reconstruction' by Tilman Brueck

Local Perspectives
d) Local Business, Local Peace: the Peacebuilding Potential of the Domestic Private Sector

'Nepal: Putting Peace on the Business Agenda' by Padma Jyoti, Ameet Dhakal
'Colombia: Doing Business Amidst Conflict: Emerging Best Practices' by Gonzalo Murillo Escobar, Alexandra Guaqueta
'Sri Lanka: Building Business Bridges' by Azmi Thassim, Markus Mayer
'South Caucasus: Supporting Livelihoods Through Microfinance Across Conflict Divides' by Yulia Gumba, Irma Dzhgerenaia, Natalia Mirimanova

International Perspectives
e) Improved Planning, Intervention and Coordination in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings

Dan Smith Secretary General, International Alert
Jim Tanburn Coordinator, Donor Committee for Enterprise Development

f) Private Sector Development in Conflict Settings
'Moving from Conflict Analysis to PSD Planning' by Sabine Becker
'Promotion of Economy and Employment in Conflict Environments - Lessons from Nepal' by Armin Hofmann, Sonja Vorwerk
'PSD in Somalia' by Hilary Sunman

g) Private Sector Development in Post-Conflict
"Promoting PSD in Conflict-Affected Fragile States: Experiences and Lessons Learned" by Maria Kim
"Business development for peace - experiences from Croatia, Palestine, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Timor Leste" by Alfredo Lazarte, Karl-Oskar Olming
'PSD and economic reform in post-conflict Afghanistan' by Johannes Giwer
"Injecting PSD reform in the post-conflict assistance agenda" by Richard Stern, Catherine Masinde, Marc Reichel
'Promoting regional trade and cooperation in the South Caucasus' by Stefan Oehrleing

h) Emerging issues in conflict-affected economies
'The Impact of Peacekeeping Missions on Local Economies' by Michael Carnahan

i) Working Groups
Outcomes from Break-Out Session 1: Implications for Working Better with the Private Sector in Conflict and Post-Conflict
Outcomes from Break-Out Session 2: Potential Areas for Enhanced Donor Collaboration and Partnerships with others

j) Previously-published background papers


Associated documents
»a) Conference agenda (71 kB)
»a) Conference report (78 kB)
»a) GTZ Press Release (19 kB)
»a) Kortmann Welcome Address (German)(51 kB)
»a) List of participants (69 kB)
»a) Useful websites (11 kB)
»b) Brian Whittaker, Chief Executive, Business Trust, South Africa (23 kB)
»b) Cornelia Richter, Head of Planning and Development, GTZ (94 kB)
»b) Paul Collier, Professor of Economics, Oxford University (transcript)(28 kB)
»b) Pierre Guislain, General Manager FIAS, Investment Climate Department, World Bank Group (15 kB)
»c) Facilitating Post-conflict Investment, by Rob Mills (175 kB)
»c) Private Investment and the Role of the State in Reconstruction, by Tilman Brueck (presentation)(148 kB)
»c) Private Investment and the Role of the State in Reconstruction, by Tilman Brueck (transcipt)(112 kB)
»c) Public-Private Partnerships in post-conflict, by Joerg Hartmann (214 kB)
»c) Understanding Investment in Post-Conflict Settings, by Tony Addison (17 kB)
»d) Colombia: Doing Business Amidst Conflict: Emerging Best Practices, by Gonzalo Murillo Escobar, Alexandra Guaqueta (149 kB)
»d) Nepal: Putting Peace on the Business Agenda, by Padma Jyoti, Ameet Dhakal (114 kB)
»d) South Caucasus: Supporting Livelihoods Through Microfinance Across Conflict Divides, by Yulia Gumba, Irma Dzhgerenaia, Natalia Mirimanova (137 kB)
»d) Sri Lanka: Building Business Bridges, by Azmi Thassim, Markus Mayer (125 kB)
»e) Keynote by Jim Tanburn Coordinator, Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (65 kB)
»f) Moving from Conflict Analysis to PSD Planning, by Sabine Becker (124 kB)
»f) Promotion of Economy and Employment in Conflict Environments - Lessons from Nepal, by Armin Hofmann, Sonja Vorwerk (62 kB)
»f) PSD in Somalia, by Hilary Sunman (68 kB)
»g) Business development for peace - experiences from Croatia, Palestine, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Timor Leste, by Alfredo Lazarte, Karl-Oskar Olming (83 kB)
»g) Injecting PSD reform in the post-conflict assistance agenda, by Richard Stern, Catherine Masinde, Marc Reichel (132 kB)
»g) Promoting PSD in Conflict-Affected Fragile States: Experiences and Lessons Learned, by Maria Kim (345 kB)
»g) Promoting regional trade and cooperation in the South Caucasus, by Stefan Oehrleing (178 kB)
»g) PSD and economic reform in post-conflict Afghanistan, by Johannes Giwer (145 kB)
»h) The Impact of Peacekeeping Missions on Local Economies, by Michael Carnahan (78 kB)
»i) Outcomes from Break-Out Session 1 (32 kB)
»i) Outcomes from Break-Out Session 2 (32 kB)
»j) Conflict Prevention and Peace Building, GTZ, 2006 (914 kB)
»j) PSD in Reintegration and Reconstruction, GTZ, 2006 (1.55 Mb)
 
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