In its April 11 release of the 2011 World Development Report, the World Bank reports on the changing character of conflicts around the globe. Although an alarming 1.5 billion people still live in countries affected by repeated cycles of political and criminal violence, there are also signs of improvements. Fewer people die in civil wars, and countries like South Africa, Colombia, Ghana and Liberia have made great progress in installing basic structures of civil society, both institutions and enterprises, after having enjoyed peace treaties or succeded with internal efforts of combating violence.
The role of business corporations in supporting democratization, growth and increased well-fare is instrumental. International investors have a great responsibility of acting exemplarily and focusing on sustainable solutions with local knowledge development and job creation when they engage in various infrastructure projects.