From Civil Strife to Peace Building: Examining Private Sector Involvement in West African Reconstruction

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Hany Besada
Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, Oct 23, 2009 - Political Science - 287 pages
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From Civil Strife to Peace Building examines peace-building efforts in the fragile West African states of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Côte d’Ivoire, with a focus on the role of the private sector in leading the reconstruction initiatives. Given that aid and debt relief, the traditional remedies for dependency and underdevelopment, have not been effective, the private sector is increasingly viewed as a major player in the revival of regional economies. Private sector support, however, requires government intervention to improve investment climates, curb corruption, strengthen the security sector, and reduce the cost of doing business.

The contributors discuss ways in which West African governments can encourage the greater involvement of business in humanitarian support with incentives that demonstrate alignment with business objectives and profit margins, making humanitarian support simple and, more importantly, profitable and sustainable for both local and foreign investors.

Co-published with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)


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Hany Besada is a senior researcher and program leader at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Canada, where he oversees the Health and Social Governance Program. He is the co-editor, with Neuma Grobbelaar, of Unlocking Africa's Potential: The Role of Corporate South Africa in Strengthening Africa's Private Sector (2008).

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