Private Sector Development in Fragile States: A Peacebuilding Approach

Private sector development (PSD) in fragile and conflict-a fected states often replicates past dynamics that led to social divides, conflict and violence. It undermines peacebuilding, state building and human development goals. The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission can help PSD promote national reconciliation and peaceful development. To do so, it must approach PSD as a process of building broadbased social and political consensus on economic matters – and as a peacebuilding process that requires ongoing support.