Investing in women: weaving peace and development in Rwanda

The proposed research aims to explore the intersections of women’s business activity and security in post-conflict societies. Throughout the institutions of global governance an increasingly prevalent discourse maintains that women’s business activity and entrepreneurship can form a central component of sustainable security in post-conflict societies. However, there is little empirical research upon the precise mechanisms that underlie, activate and enact this logic or upon their localized effects within the targeted societies. This research addresses this lacuna through specific attention to a transnational public-private initiative – the US department store Macy’s Rwanda Path to Peace - project. Through conducting interview research with an array of actors involved with the initiative in both the US and Rwanda the project will explore the specific means that are implemented to incentivize women’s entry to the market and how they shape the possibilities of development and sustainable security in a post-conflict society.



January 2014 to July 2015


  • British Academy / Leverhulme Small Research Grant