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Cooperatives contribution to positive peacebuilding and sustainable development in Rwanda

EasyChair Preprint no. 1013

19 pagesDate: May 26, 2019


Many countries are facing repeated cycles of violence (World Bank, 2011; Walter, 2010), with more than 68 million people forcibly displaced worldwide. In a quest for sustainable peace, a growing interest can be observed regarding how civil society and business can bring about peace. Cooperatives blend association and enterprise with significant potential for peace (MacPherson and Paz 2015; Joy and MacPherson 2007). As bottom-up initiatives, they provide solutions focused at the local level offering learning and practicing nonviolent interaction (Wanyama 2014; Sentama 2009; Havers 2007) and providing decent jobs and livelihoods (Date-Bah ed. 2003). The key word being supply, they are mainly seen as post-conflict community-based organizations (CBOs) that provide for basic human needs, gather labour, demobilize soldiers, and restart agriculture and services. Field observations, however, lend to a broader idea of how cooperatives contribute to positive peacebuilding by increasing trust and agency, raising empowerment, equality and empathy, while managing resources through a renewed notion of the commons (Ostrom 1990), even though challenges come as development takes place. Food security linked to SDG 2 can and need to be enhanced on this basis. The sample of visited cooperatives calls for further research.

Keyphrases: Cooperatives, Peacebuilding, Rwanda, sustainable development, sustainable livelihoods

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  author = {Claudia Sanchez Bajo},
  title = {Cooperatives contribution to positive peacebuilding and sustainable development in Rwanda},
  howpublished = {EasyChair Preprint no. 1013},

  year = {EasyChair, 2019}}
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