Friday, September 19, 2014

Peace by Corporate Means: How Mature is the Private Sector for Peacebuilding in Nepal?

The civil war in Nepal, driven by communist ideologies, affected the private sector both physically and psychologically. In addition, the private sector's own malpractices damaged its public image, creating hopes and suspicions which persist in the discourse on corporate engagement in peacebuilding. This paper explores the potential for, and challenges to, private sector engagement in peacebuilding in Nepal. It analyzes corporate sector approaches in peacebuilding activities in four categories: negotiation and mediation, partnerships with civil society organizations, political representation and creation of public pressure.
This qualitative research synthesizes in-depth interviews, event analyses and case-studies conducted over three years, within a larger research program. The paper shows that individual characteristics such as political networking, socio-economic influences and wide access, offer the private sector a distinct role as a peacebuilder. Yet, the socio-economic divide, lack of focus on transformation issues and avarice in some companies has led to its role being regarded as controversial. Read more:
Citation: Ghimire, S., & Upreti, B. R. (2014). Peace by Corporate Means: How Mature Is the Private Sector for Peacebuilding in Nepal? Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, 9(2), 90–96. doi:10.1080/15423166.2014.947894

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