Exploring the Nexus between Peace-building and Social Enterprises
The Asian peacebuilding paradigm is experiencing a fundamental shift. In an era where sustainable development is the dominant narrative, it no longer suffices to take a top-down, myopic approach to advance the peace agenda. Peacebuilding solutions must (i) view women and youth as solutions to create inclusive peace, as opposed to victims of conflict; (ii) use financially sustainable models that can create transformative, sustainable peace over the long term; and (iii) leverage the power of innovation or technology and develop replicable models that can create scalable peace by catalyzing systemic change, transforming millions of lives. Impact Enterprises (IE), entities that seek a double bottom line to achieve positive social outcomes above financial sustainability, effectively embody these solutions by acting as innovative models that enable peacebuilding and capitalism to converge, paving the way to revolutionize the peace landscape and create tremendous, transformative impact across Asia.
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