From Civil Strife to Peace Building

Examining Private Sector Involvement in West African Reconstruction
Published: November 16, 2009

This book 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 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. This book will be of interest to scholars in international relations and peace-building, policy makers, and business leaders interested in international investment.

Wilfrid Laurier University Press