n African Security Review - Filling the void : contractors as peacemakers in Africa : commentaries

Volume 16, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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The international community has witnessed a growing trend over the past ten to 15 years of for-profit firms playing an increasingly important role as partners supporting peace, stability and reconstruction operations in conflict, post-conflict and post-disaster environments around the world. Nowhere else has the need for, and use of, contractors become more apparent than on the African continent. Hired as expert field operators by clients that include national governments, the United Nations, the African Union, non-government organisations (NGOs) and multi-national corporations, these companies have proven themselves to be indispensable and cost-effective contributors to the restoration of peace and stability to populations suffering the consequences of armed conflict, civil war and natural disaster.

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