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Building the House of Governance:

Towards sustainable peace in Jonglei State

Conflict Dynamics’ South Sudan Team and the Dr. John Garang Memorial University in Bor, Jonglei State, embarked in October 2013 on a joint research project to support the diverse groups of Jonglei State to voice their ideas about how governance arrangements can build peace. The project took place in a period that saw the outbreak of an acute political and security crisis which shook South Sudan, where Jonglei became a strategic military front between warring parties, displacing and causing radical upheaval for many of the project’s target communities. Given the importance of understanding ways in which governance arrangements for Jonglei relate to the conflict which broke out on a national level, the project continued and captured the ideas of a range of people from diverse counties and ethnicities. The subsequent report presents these people’s perceptions of governance and conflict in Jonglei State – viewpoints which hold important answers for successful peacebuilding in Jonglei State as well as in South Sudan more broadly.

Conflict Dynamics International, Building the House of Governance: Towards sustainable peace in Jonglei State, Discussion Paper (Cambridge, MA: Conflict Dynamics International, July 2014)

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