In recent years, Private Sector Development (PSD) and entrepreneurship support have taken centre-stage in the international community’s approach to promoting security and development in fragile and conflict-affected states. This seminar will present a number of new insights from the domains of academia, policy and business itself with regard to PSD and entrepreneurship in fragile and conflict-affected states.
Doing business in fragile and conflict-affected states is often said to be a double-edged sword; it can exacerbate inequalities, encourage corruption, or hamper development, but it can also drive innovation, create employment, and boost confidence and stability. Research and experience tells us that the social and economic effects of doing business in fragile states, whether by local entrepreneurs or by multinational corporations, greatly depend on the types of economic activity and on the formal and informal institutional context in which these activities take place.
This seminar will present a number of new insights from the domains of academia, policy and business itself with regard to PSD and entrepreneurship in fragile and conflict-affected states. Some of the core topics that will be addressed include:
- How does Dutch development policy envision the role of businesses in promoting growth and equity in fragile states?
- What are the preconditions for international businesses to invest or start a joint venture in a fragile or (post)-conflict environment?
- What is the significance of transnational diaspora entrepreneurs?
- How can women’s enterprise groups boost business engagement and local conditions of peace?
Please register by sending an email to Floor Leeftink.