Business & Peace Sharjah Consultation Report
Suggested Citation: Miller, Ben. (2017) “Business & Peace Sharjah Consultation Report.” The consultation took place at the American University of Sharjah, UAE on October 24 2016, convened by CDA Collaborative Learning Projects (CDA), Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement, University of Stellenbosch (ACDS).
The Sharjah Consultation
CDA, PRIO, and ACDS (which did not participate in this event) convened a group of experts in Sharjah, UAE, to analyze case studies and draw out their implications. American University of Sharjah hosted the event, providing the venue and logistical support. Participants included representatives from companies, universities, research institutions, NGOs, and private consultancies. They discussed cases from Colombia, Cyprus, and Western Sahara. Written case material from Cyprus and Colombia was provided to participants in advance. The work of Kosmos Energy in Western Sahara was presented orally during the consultation.
The Business and Peace Project
CDA Collaborative Learning Projects (CDA), Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement, University of Stellenbosch (ACDS) are jointly implementing a collaborative learning project that explores effective peacebuilding by private sector actors. The project is funded jointly by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and has as its overall goal a more robust understanding of the constraints and opportunities for private sector contributions to peace. The project will also generate insights to shape policies and company initiatives that seek to contribute positively to peace. The project undertakes field-based case studies that examine the impacts of private sector actors in fragile and conflict-affected areas. The project will produce nine such case studies. Analysis of the cases, and of the preliminary findings, is taking place through a series of consultations with a broad range of subject matter and context experts. The consultation held at the American University of Sharjah was one such event.