Investing in Peace

Foreign Direct Investment as Economic Restoration in Sierra Leone?

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Abstract

In Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice literature economic restoration is considered central to sustainable peace in post-conflict societies. However, it is also widely recognized that many post-conflict states cannot afford mechanisms to provide restoration. Not only are many such states poor to begin with, but violent conflict further degrades their economic capacity. As a result, in their need to provide jobs, generate tax revenues, spur development, and promote sustainable peace, many post-conflict states turn to alternative processes of economic restoration. This paper examines the potential for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to serve as one alternative means by which to provide economic restoration in post-conflict states. Presenting findings from 6 months of fieldwork evaluating one such project in rural Sierra Leone, this paper describes how local people experience such projects and explores whether employment and land-lease payments can provide experiences of economic restoration so far unforthcoming from the state.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1700-1716
Number of pages17
JournalThird World Quarterly
Volume36
Issue number9
Early online date25 Sep 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Restorative Justice
  • Peacebuilding
  • Transitional Justice
  • Reparations
  • Sierra Leone
  • International Development

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Investing in Peace : Foreign Direct Investment as Economic Restoration in Sierra Leone? / Millar, Gearoid Michael.

In: Third World Quarterly, Vol. 36, No. 9, 2015, p. 1700-1716.

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