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Sudan Program

Supporting inclusive and effective dialogue to build governance arrangements that accommodate the diverse interests within Sudan

Conflict Dynamics’ initiative in Sudan aims to help prevent conflict and enhance the country’s political stability.

In recent years, an increasing number of challenges – including escalating conflict in the west and south, unrest in Khartoum, and economic crisis – has diminished the strength of the Sudanese state and led to further fragmentation. A critical factor underlying these challenges is the failure of governance arrangements to accommodate the political interests arising from Sudan’s inherent diversity. Because existing governance arrangements do not offer people genuine opportunities to express their interests, people have manifested their interests through violent conflict.

Many constituencies agree that political dialogue is necessary to address Sudan’s challenges. A range of actors – including the government, armed groups, opposition parties, civil society organizations, women’s groups, and youth movements – have proposed political dialogue that would lead to governance reform. However, they do not agree on how dialogue should take place, and ongoing dialogue processes have not genuinely or effectively accommodated the diverse interests of the Sudanese. These challenges highlight the need for Sudanese to develop, agree upon, and implement governance arrangements and political dialogue processes that can accommodate their political interests.

Activity Areas

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 primarily with top-level actors in a range of constituencies, including the government, armed opposition groups, political parties, youth movements, 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.