Mediation and development-related conflict report – launch event

Date: Tuesday, 7 June 2022
Where: Online
A bleak urban landscape. In the foreground, a painting of two hands reaching towards each other, painted in red and blue on a black background.

Handshake graffiti in Shoreditch, London (Photo: Matt Brown via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

This online event saw the launch of a report on the use of mediation as a conflict prevention tool in development finance processes.

Certain development projects, especially those concerning the use of natural resources and land, come with a high risk of causing social tensions or exacerbating armed conflict.

This event engaged with the findings of the recent IIED report 'Mediation and development-related conflict', which makes a case for the use of mediation as a conflict prevention tool, deployed in the planning, assessment and consultation phases of development finance projects. 

Based on their experience and research on land, rights, mediation and environmental and social governance, the panellists explored whether using mediation more efficiently and creatively in the planning stages of development finance could contribute to better prevention of conflict and a more inclusive development. 

The report is part of IIED’s Land, investment and rights series and is supported by the Endless conflicts project.  The event was organised by partner GCILS.


Jérémy Davis (, senior communications and publications coordinator, IIED's Natural Resources Group