Session 13 | Connect | 14 June 2018, 10.45h - 12.15h | Room 6.09

Land based investments – how to sustain peace in post-conflict settings?


This session discusses the role of civil society actors, investors and businesses in the prevention of violent conflict in situations where land based investments and industrial projects are set up in a fragile post-conflict context with weak governance structures, in regions where food insecurity prevails, communities hope for employment and better living conditions and land rights activist are under pressure.

Guiding questions: What are strategies of civil society networks to sustain peace and prevent violence? And what can be expected from investors and policies as well as from financial intermediaries in order to understanding the conflictive context, the needs and rights of former land owners and users as well as affected people? What is necessary in order to strengthen the roles of business in violence prevention within broader conflict systems and political economy? What are the potentials and limits of private actors with regard to violence prevention, sustaining peace and constructive engagement with civil society actors?


Two short inputs from Herbert M'cleod and Mohamed Sorie Conteh followed by a comment by Anita Ernstorfer on business contributions to peacebuilding. This is followed by a moderated discussion focusing on the case of Sierra Leone, but also reflecting on whether the insights can be generalized. 




  • Caroline Kruckow, Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt)/ Bread for the World, Germany


  • Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt)