Innovative Financing for Peace:

Towards a framework for peace-positive investments

A high-level event with investors, practitioners, policy makers, researchers and civil society, organized by the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) in collaboration with the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO)

20 October 2022

About the Conference

The event provides a unique platform to discuss practices and approaches, including diverging ones, that would need to be addressed by a peace-positive investment framework and to advance standards for their implementation in conflict-affected settings.

To advance these questions, the conference will

Livestream

Livestream will be held on ….

Participation

Restricted access for interactive participation (for registered participants only), please enter the password below
If you would like to register, please click on the button below

Agenda

Welcome remarks by
Susanne Baumann, State Secretary of the German Federal Foreign Ministry
Assistant-Secretary General, Elizabeth Spehar, Peacebuilding Support (tbc)

Keynote address: A vision for peace positive investments in fragile and conflict affected settings
(tbc)

Why a new framework for peace-positive investments in fragile and conflict-affected settings?

Guiding questions:

  • What can we learn from successful examples of conflict sensitive approaches to investment?
  • What is needed to ensure that investments move beyond do-no-harm towards peace positive investments? (Including presentation of the Peace Impact Framework)
  • Which factors have proven most relevant in practice to ensuring that investments have a positive impact on peace, and that potentially negative consequences are mitigated?
  • How can local partnerships be strengthened for strategy development, impact assessment and local business development? And how can these strategies be better aligned with national peace and development strategies?


Introductory presentation: The challenges of peace positive private sector development and investment
Brian Ganson, Stellenbosch University (tbd)

Thematic impulse: Are investments in fragile states peace positive? Review of available evidence,
Tommaso Sonno, University of Bologna

Panelists:
Frederik Teufel, AfDB
Kathryn Nwajiaku-Dahou, ODI
Speaker (tbd)

Moderator:
Pierre van Hoeylandt
, Natural Heritage Capital

How do we develop a harmonized framework, in practice, for peace-positive investments?

Guiding questions:

  • What might a framework for peace-positive investments look like, as in what is needed to ensure that investments move beyond do-no-harm towards peace positive investments?
  • What are ways of harmonizing tools and setting standards to ensure that investments build on a peace positive investment strategy?
  • How can peace actors share their experiences related to peace indicators to contribute to the development of international standards around ESG?
  • How do we measure investment impact in terms of peace, and how do we identify opportunities and risks relevant to all company stakeholders, including local populations?
  • What, if any, role could the United Nations, civil society, and independent observers play in the process?
  • How do we avoid a future scenario where “peace washing” (in the style of “green washing”) could take place?

 

Introductory Remarks: Measuring private sector contribution to peacebuilding
(tbc)

Presentation: Introduction of a “Peace Impact Framework” for peace positive investment
Christopher Edgerton-Warburton, Lion’s Head Global Partners (LHGP)

Panelists:
Viviane Infante, Director, Africa Resilience Investment Accelerator (ARIA)
Dave Mozersky, Energy Peace Partners
Daniel Hyslop, Interpeace
Speaker (tbc)

Moderator:
Aanchal Bhatia,
Peace Building Support Office, United Nations

Summary and next steps
UN PBSO

Closing
Deike Potzel, DG Crisis Prevention, Stabilisation, Peacebuilding

Behrenstraße 42, 10117 Berlin

Speaker bios

Welcome Remark

Susanne Baumann

State Secretary of the German Federal Foreign Office
More information coming soon
Elisabeth_Spehar

Elizabeth Spehar

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support
Elizabeth Spehar of Canada is the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. With more than 35 years of experience in international and political affairs, Ms. Spehar has worked in United Nations Headquarters and in the field, leading political, development, peacebuilding and conflict prevention initiatives. Most recently, since 2016, she was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), also serving as Deputy to the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus. Previously, Ms. Spehar was Director of the Policy and Mediation Division in the former Department of Political Affairs, now DPPA, where she worked on policy and operational matters related to conflict prevention, mediation, peacebuilding and gender mainstreaming. Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Spehar was a senior official with the Organization of American States (OAS) for more than 12 years, working to promote democracy and develop the organization’s dialogue and conflict resolution instruments.

Panel I

Tommas Sonno

Tommaso Sonno

Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Bologna Speaker
Tommaso Sonno is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Bologna. He is also Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, and Adjunct Professor at Bocconi University, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies. His research focuses on international economics, political economy, and development economics. He has studied the relationship between trade and conflicts, and global value networks. He is currently analysing the impact of multinational enterprises on violence, the environment, and labour force participation in developing countries. His research focuses also on the organizational dynamics of business groups. He has been giving time and attention to managing an NGO active in Burkina Faso for more than ten years, by designing and coordinating charity projects on education, health, social inclusion, microcredit, and traditional medicine.
Frederik Teufel

Frederik Teufel

Lead Coordinator, African Development Bank (AfDB) Speaker
Frederik Teufel is the Lead Coordinator in the Transition States Coordination Office at the African Development Bank (AfDB). In this role, he is promoting the role of the private sector to build a resilient and peaceful continent, leveraging public and private finance instruments and advancing business environment reforms. In response to elevated and accelerating conflict risk in Africa, Frederik is currently coordinating the development of Security-Indexed Investment Bonds to raise finance at scale through the capital markets for investments that contribute to peace and security. Frederik has more than 15 years of experience in development finance with a focus on Africa and Latin America where he managed and evaluated projects, facilitated investments in frontier markets, and carried out political economy assessments. Prior to his current position, he was the Advisor to AfDB’s Vice-President for Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery, supporting the implementation of the Bank’s lending program. Frederik is the author of AfDB’s 2014-2021 Strategy for Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in Africa and holds a Master’s Degree in International Business and Cultural Studies from the University of Passau, Germany.
Placeholder

Presenter tbc

Speaker
More information coming soon
Brian Ganson

Brian Ganson

Professor and Head of the Centre on Conflict & Collaboration (CCC), Stellenbosch Business School
Speaker
Brian Ganson is Professor and Head of the Centre on Conflict & Collaboration (CCC) at the Stellenbosch Business School. CCC is a platform for research and dialogue at the nexus of business, conflict and development. It works with business, government, labour and communities to reduce the costs of conflict and increase collaborative opportunities. Prof. Ganson concurrently holds appointments as Professor in the Stellenbosch University School for Data Science and Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He co-leads the Business & Conflict Research Initiative, an international consortium expanding the frontiers of understanding of business, conflict, and peaceful development through the tools of data science. He has co-authored numerous books and articles, including most recently in the Academy of Management Review, Global Strategy Journal, and Harvard Business Review. His work helps emerging economies and post-conflict societies to find more peace- and development-positive pathways for private sector development.
Kathryn Nwajiaku

Kathryn Nwajiaku

Director, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Speaker
Dr Kathryn Nwajiaku-Dahou is the Director of ODI’s Politics and Governance programme and a widely acknowledged as an expert on business and peace / conflict for over 25 years. She recently co-authored the ODI’s forthcoming report on MSME-led private sector development support in context of conflict, fragility and displacement (for KfW). Kathryn previously worked for the OECD for five years, as Head of the Secretariat of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding, where she oversaw research and institutional investor engagement on how to increase responsible investment in fragile states (2017) and DAC engagement on OECD’s Responsible Business portfolio. She also co-authored the OECD’s State of Fragility Report (2015). Kathryn is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of RAID (Rights and Accountability in Development/ https://www.raid-uk.org/), which holds businesses accountable for human rights. Kathryn holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Oxford (Nuffield College).
Pierre van Hoeylandt

Pierre van Hoeylandt

Chief Executive, Natural Heritage Capital
Moderator
Pierre is a Senior Adviser to the German Federal Foreign Office and to GFFO's Stabelisation Platform. He is also the Chief Executive of Natural Heritage Capital, a specialist investment management business focused on pioneering investment strategies that support climate and biodiversity in Africa. He has over 25 years’ experience in development finance, investment banking and consulting, including with CDC Group plc, McKinsey & Company and Goldman Sachs. As former Head of Frontier Investments and later Director for special projects at British International Investment (BII, formerly CDC) from 2013 to 2020 he was responsible for BII’s investments in fragile states and for exploring innovative blended finance instruments in a variety of sectors. In the early 2000s, he was the founder and CEO of the first private equity fund in Afghanistan and CEO of a logistics business in Nigeria. Early in his career he worked as a journalist during the civil wars in Bosnia, Somalia and Rwanda in the 1990s and, in 1995, spent time in the UN Department of Peacekeeping operations under Kofi Annan. Pierre holds a D.Phil in International Relations from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is fluent in German, French, and English. He lives with his wife and son in Cape Town, South Africa.

Panel II

Placeholder

Presenter tbc

Speaker
More information coming soon
David Mozersky

David Mozersky

President and co-founder of Energy Peace Partner (EPP)
Speaker
David Mozersky is the President and co-founder of Energy Peace Partner (EPP), an organization built around the idea of leveraging climate and finance solutions to promote peace in fragile regions. He has a background in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, with a focus on the Horn of Africa, and has worked with the International Crisis Group, the African Union High-Implementation Panel on Sudan/South Sudan (AUHIP), and Humanity United, among others. EPP has developed the Peace Renewable Energy Credit (P-REC) as a financing mechanism to support renewable energy projects in countries affected by conflict, climate change and energy poverty. P-RECs link corporate sustainability procurement with high-impact, pro-peace projects in fragile states. To date, corporate P-REC purchases have supported new solar projects in the DRC and South Sudan. EPP is launching the P-REC Aggregation Fund to further scale this mechanism, and developing an M&E framework to measure the peace impacts of renewable energy.
Viviane_Infante

Viviane Infante

ARIA (Africa Resilience Investment Accelerator)
Speaker
Vivianne is a member of British International Investment’s (BII) Africa Coverage Team. She is currently Director for ARIA (Africa Resilience Investment Accelerator), a G7 DFI initiative led by BII. Since 2015, she has also been BII’s Country Director for Ethiopia (covering Horn of Africa) and DRC, countries where she lived from 2015 until 2021. Her investment coverage responsibilities include deal origination, portfolio management support and all the representative responsibilities typical of such role. Some of her latest achievements include the launch and development of ARIA as an international DFI initiative platform pertaining to frontier and fragility issues, as well as being country lead for two of largest ever closed BII equity investments. Vivianne qualified as corporate Solicitor in England and Wales in 2004 and worked at the City law firm White & Case as a Project Finance and International Arbitration lawyer. She is passionate about private sector development issues in the African continent and, in addition to DRC and Ethiopia, she has worked and lived in Nigeria (as counsel at the Nigerian sovereign wealth fund (NSIA) for the largest PPP infrastructure project in the country at the time), and as corporate lawyer in Ghana (as corporate international counsel having worked on the first oil exploration transaction at the time).

Christopher Edgerton-Warburton

Founding Partner and Chair, Lion's Head Global Partners
Speaker
Christopher Egerton-Warburton is a Founding Partner and Chair of Lion’s Head Global Partners, a frontier market focused investment banking platform that is authorised and regulated by the FCA. Christopher has led Lion’s Head Global Partners’ work in the field of post-conflict investment in the Middle East since 2016 and has led the diligence of transactions in Afghanistan. At a multilateral level Christopher helped to establish a number of innovative financing vehicles including the International Financing Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm), the Global Health Investment Fund (GHIF), and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). Prior to establishing Lion’s Head Global Partners in 2008, Christopher spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs within the Debt Capital Markets group. In his last role he was Head of the Sovereign, Supranational and Agency team. Christopher holds an MA in Biochemistry from Christ Church College at Oxford University.
Placeholder

Daniel Hyslop

Head of Research and Senior
Peacebuilding Advisor, Interpeace
Speaker
Daniel Hyslop is the Head of Research and Senior Peacebuilding Advisor at Interpeace, an International Organisation for Peacebuilding headquartered in Geneva. He leads Interpeace’s Finance for Peace initiative that seeks to catalyse more peace promotional private sector investment in fragile countries through new financial structures, standards, frameworks and partnerships. He has developed and supported a variety of Interpeace’s policy initiatives such as the peace responsiveness facility that works with various UN agencies on developing more peace responsive development and humanitarian approaches. He has helped establish various multistakeholder and policy efforts such as the Principles for Peace and Rethinking Stabilisation initiatives that seek to create new approaches to improving the effectiveness of international peacebuilding approaches. Previously, he authored widely cited research on the economic costs of violence and measurement of peace and positive peace. For several years he led development of the Global Peace Index and has contributed to several flagship studies on international peacebuilding policy such as the OECD States of Fragility Report and UN-World Bank Pathways for Peace report. He has consulted to the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank and Commonwealth Secretariat and worked with various UN agencies on their peacebuilding approaches.
Placeholder

Aanchal Bhatia

Moderator
More information coming soon

Next steps and closing

Placeholder

UN PBSO

Speaker
More information coming soon