Creating Wealth to Build Peace - links and further reading

Transforming Business analyzes and catalyzes entrepreneurial solutions to poverty. Its website contains details of many resources in this area.

For a lengthier treatment of the issue of peace through commerce, see 'The Business of Peace: The Role of Commerce in Peace-Building' by Peter Heslam, published in Faith in Business Quarterly, vol 11.3 (Autumn 2007). Here.

Pope Benedict XVI's New Year message, entitled 'Fighting Poverty to Build Peace' was given at a celebration of the World Day of Peace on 1st January 2009 and his available here.

Pope Paul VI's declaration that development is the new name for peace appears in his encyclical of 1967 entitled Populorum Progressio.

For a full-length article on the role of enterprise in development from the perspective of Catholic thought, see 'Entering the Circle of Exchange: Catholic Social Teaching and the Role of Business in the Eradication of Poverty', by Peter Heslam and Ben Andradi (CEO of Servita). It is published on the website of the John Ryan Institute, University of St Thomas, Minnesota (USA) and is available here.

The role of commerce in peace-building is generally overlooked in contemporary scholarship. But key treatments are The Role of Business in Fostering Peaceful Societies by Timothy Fort and Cindy Schipani (Cambridge University Press, 2004); The Profit of Peace: Corporate Responsibility in Conflict Regions (Greenleaf, 2005); American Business Law Journal, vol 11.2 (Summer 2007); Prophets, Profits and Peace: The Positive Role of Business in Promoting Religious Tolerance, by Timothy Fort (Yale University Press, 2008).

Thomas Friedman expounds his Golden Arches Theory of conflict resolution in his best-seller The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization (Anchor, 2000).

The Portland Trust is a private not-for-profit British foundation committed to promoting peace and stability between Palestinians and Israelis through economic development.

For a strategy paper on how enterprise can most effectively build peace published by the UK government's Department for International Development, see 'Fighting Poverty to Build a Safer World: A Strategy for Security and Development', available here.

The peace through commerce vision evidently influenced the decision to award the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize to the micro-credit entrepreneur and founder of the Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus. He drew attention to this ideal in the Nobel lecture he gave at his acceptance of the award, posted here.

The Transformational Business Network (TBN) supports business people in using their skills and experience to tackle poverty in developing countries. Details of the job-creating initiatives it is helping to incubate in Palestine can be obtained from TBN's development director, Jerry Marshall, via the contact details here.