Conflict Dynamics’ initiative in Sudan aims to help prevent conflict and enhance the country’s political stability.
Sudan is in a defining moment. Repeated patterns of exclusion from political, economic, and social life helped drive years of conflict in the west and south, unrest in Khartoum, and economic crisis. Because governance arrangements have not offered people genuine opportunities to express their interests, people have manifested their interests through violent conflict.
The transition period offers an opportunity to break those cycles and for Sudan to steer a new course. A wide range of actors agree that the upcoming transition is critical for delivering peace and stability in Sudan’s future. The peace process, constitution-building process, and elections process are the backbone for a peaceful and just Sudan, and the sequencing and linkages of these political processes is significant for a successful political transition. Moreover, politically accommodating processes are the only guarantee for inclusive future arrangements. These challenges highlight the need for effective support to Sudanese to develop, agree upon, and implement political dialogue processes and governance arrangements that can accommodate their political interests.
To address this need, Conflict Dynamics has been directly and impartially supporting Sudanese in developing options for Political Accommodation since 2008. As part of this support, Conflict Dynamics is:
- Engaging with a wide range of Sudanese constituencies through bilateral meetings, seminars, and interactive workshops. Conflict Dynamics consults with actors in a range of constituencies, including the Transitional Government of Sudan, political parties and alliances, armed opposition groups, youth movements, women’s organizations, civil society groups, and academics. During these consultations, Conflict Dynamics aims not to offer recommendations but to help Sudanese develop their own options for governance arrangements and political dialogue processes.
- Facilitating and mediating dialogue within and between constituencies, with the goal of enabling Sudanese to work collaboratively toward building consensus on the options they develop. In addition, Conflict Dynamics is aiming to contribute to the emergence of political will in support of implementing these options.
- Developing tools and frameworks to share and apply with Sudanese stakeholders engaged through the initiative. The tools and frameworks are tailored to the Sudanese context and its challenges. They include an online tool to map the political interests of key Sudanese stakeholders and a range of case studies that could offer lessons to Sudan.