Private Sector and Stabilisation in Afghanistan - A Neglected Match?
The Centre for Business and Development Studies, CBS, is grateful to CBS BiS Public-Private Platform; Center for Military Studies, University of Copenhagen; Institute for Strategy, Royal Danish Defence College, for having received grants that finances this conference.
The aim of this conference is to explore whether the private sector (PS) can contribute to stabilisation of conflict/post-conflict zones such as Afghanistan. Scholars as well as practitioners have been invited to discuss the question, in order to identify where promising perspectives or manifest challenges may be found – in the analytical as well as in the practical field. While part of our findings may be specific for Afghanistan, it will also be discussed to which extent the question about PS as a stabilisation tool may be relevant to consider in other geographical areas.
See the conference summary here.
A detailed program will be available soon at the CBS website
9.00-12.00 Morning session:
Introduction by CBS
Academic keynote speakers:
Dr. Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen: Introduction: the intervention in Afghanistan
Dr. Stuart Gordon: Stabilization and private sector development in the new UK Helmand-plan.
President of the Afghan Chamber of Commerce – (teleconference). The Afghan Business Environment.
Dr. Jonathan Goodhand: Challenges of Private Sector Development in the context of a war economy
Dr. Saeed Parto: Entrepreneurial Activity among Afghans
Project leader Ph.D. Tina Magaard: Non-Western investors and stabilisation
Project coordinator Ph.D. fellow Sameer Azizi: CSR in Afghanistan
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00-15.00 Afternoon session: Parallel workshops, with the presence of the speakers
PSD and Stabilisation from an ISAF-perspective. With Stuart Gordon and Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen.
Challenges of Private Sector Development in the context of a war economy. With Jonathan Goodhand and Sameer Azizi
Entrepreneurial activity and micro-credit With Saeed Parto and Søren Jeppesen
Non-Western investors and stabilisation. With Tina Magaard and Ole Kværnø.
15.00-16.00 Panel debate. Searching for a way ahead