Business & Peace

The overarching goal of the swisspeace Business & Peace Program is to contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between the activities of business actors, conflict prevention and conflict transformation. The Business & Peace team conducts research and generates knowledge on the potentials and limitations of business engagement in peacebuilding. Our strategies and guidelines for the private sector enable the inclusion of business actors in conflict prevention and transformation efforts in a constructive way. We cooperate closely with the Business Advisory Board of swisspeace, which includes representatives from companies of different sectors, branches and sizes. We assist companies in identifying the conflict-related risks of their operations and in developing adequate conflict sensitive business practices. In academic and policy-oriented workshops and roundtables, we advance domestic and international debates and build/raise awareness of the need for conflict sensitivity in the business sector.

Latest Activities and Publications

11-12 December 2014

Role of local business in post-war Sri Lanka

Rina M. Alluri presented a paper at the Sri Lanka Roundtable organized by the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.


10 December 2014

The Politics of Peace and Conflict: The Role of Local Business in Sri Lanka

Rina Alluri was a Guest Speaker at the Research in Progress Seminar at the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, Netherlands. More info


4 - 6 December 2014

1st Austrian Conference on International Resource Politics

The conference in Vienna was entitled "Towards International Resource Fairness - Theories, Conflicts and Policies". Myra Posluschny participated with a speech on "Large-scale agro-investments in Ethiopia’s Oromia region: Exaggerated expectations?". More information.


Can Günes Deniz, 2014

An Afghan exit strategy from aid-dependency: Private sector development in Afghanistan

Critical Reflection following the KOFF Afghanistan Roundtable from 03 October 2014. Download


18 November 2014

KOFF Roundtable on Natural Resource Conflicts

With the participation of Christophe Gironde (Senior lecturer at IHEID; Director of the film “Rubber in a Rice Bowl”) and Yvan Maillard-Ardenti (Bread for all). Programme . Video insights.