PeaceWorks is guided by the Theory of Economic Cooperation which states the following:
Mutually beneficial economic initiatives can create good relations between rivaling peoples in the same way that business partners anywhere profit from cooperation in today's marketplace. In this manner, cooperative business ventures that capitalize on the strength of each partner can enable the conditions necessary to achieve long-lasting cultural understanding and eventually even bring prosperity to regions of conflict around the world. PeaceWorks acts at the catalyst for profitable economic interdependence.
Our Cooperation Ecosystem, below, illustrates both levels at which the model works, and the resulting impacts.
Businesses profiting from joint ventures gain a vested interest in maintaining and cementing these valuable relationships.
Peoples and countries prospering through these cooperative activities gain a stake in the system, furthering stability.
People working together under conditions of equality learn to shatter cultural stereotypes and humanize their former enemy.
And this all results in...
PeaceWorks connects local producers with manufacturers, and buys the food products they create for export. The increased demand thus created results in new jobs, which stimulates local economies and contributes to a rise in the standard of living for their region.
Increasing output through exports generates economies of scale and reduces costs, making ventures in regions of conflict more competitive. Export initiatives with overseas partners also benefit from enhanced professionalism, technology transfers and subsequent technical know-how.
As groups learn to work together, cultural stereotypes are shattered and the former enemy is demystified, and humanized.