South Caucasus and Turkey – Business advocacy for peace

Summary:

This evaluation assessed the effectiveness and sustainability of the ‘Business advocacy for peace’ project, the latest three-year phase of Alert's long running regional work on economy and conflict in the South Caucasus and Turkey. The project sought to strengthen the capacities of the Caucasus Business and Development Network (CBDN) to promote regional cooperation among small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and to energise policy debate on trans-Ingur/i trade regulation and public debate on the restoration of regional transport networks through new evidence and impetus. The geographical scope of the project included Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, as well as Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorny Karabakh, spanning four conflict divides (note: the framing of the geographic areas is used for clarity and does not indicate any political view on the conflicts in the South Caucasus). The findings and recommendations are feeding into a strategic review of the strand to inform and shape the design of a new phase from 2016.