Mediation and development-related conflict report – launch event
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.
About the speakers
- Dr Giedre Jokubauskaite (moderator) is a lecturer in international law at the University of Glasgow, UK
- Dr Catherine Turner (moderator) is an associate professor of international law at Durham University, UK
- Jaff Napoleon Bamenjo is coordinator of the Network for the Fight Against Hunger (Réseau de Lutte contre la Faim, RELUFA), Cameroon
- Josie Lianna Kaye is a researcher-practitioner on business and peace, and director of TrustWorks Global, Switzerland
- Kinnari Bhatt is a solicitor, and the founder and director of Surya Advisory, UK
- Lorenzo Cotula is a principal researcher in law and sustainable development, and legal tools team leader at IIED, UK