Business and Fragile States

Our conference

State fragility drives some of the biggest problems in our world today: extreme poverty, mass migration, terrorism, trafficking, and more. Why are some countries "fragile" - chronically affected by insecurity, political instability, absence of economic opportunities, and divided societies? How can private and public initiatives contribute to better outcomes?

The Wheeler Institute seeks to significantly improve the lives of the world's most under-priviledged communities. Our mission is to create and apply business insights that can deliver transformative, sustainable solutions.

On 8 and 9 October 2018, we will host a two-day conference on the role of business in the context of conflict or substantial political instability, in post-conflict environments, and in weakly institutionalised regions of otherwise stable countries. High-profile business leaders, acclaimed academics and representatives of influential NGOs and policy organisations will come together to engage in a meaningful discussion placing emphasis on the necessity of business in the circumstances of state fragility.

Our Academic Day (8 October) will feature a symposium for leading academics with around 8 papers on business and fragile states, alongside discussions.

Our Business and Policy Day (9 October) will involve action-oriented discussions by leaders in policy, business, and academia.


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