Sudan Program

Our Program supports the people of Sudan, their political representatives, and civil society groups to develop systems that can effectively reconcile and accommodate different political interests for a peaceful and inclusive society.

The fall of the 30-year regime of former President Omar Al-Bashir in April 2019 and the establishment of a Transitional Government presents an incredible opportunity to address exclusion and other root causes of the decades-long conflict. Our current work draws on this appetite for change.

 

Our Work

Conflict Dynamics International works to prevent conflict and build sustainable peace in Sudan by supporting the Transitional Government of Sudan, including its Sovereign Council, Council of Ministers, and Legislative Council, political parties and alliances, armed movements, civil society groups, and other stakeholders, to develop inclusive frameworks, policies, and systems that will form the foundation of a new era of governance in Sudan.

CDI works in two symbiotic areas: engagement and research.

Engagement: Using our Political Accommodation Methodology, CDI helps Sudanese stakeholders understand the benefits of accommodating opposing groups’ interests, builds trust and understanding between groups, and facilitates dialogue. The methodology is comprised of three elements:

  • A framework to help participants consider whether proposed governance systems and policies accommodate each party’s interests;

  • A framework that guides the design and implementation of dialogue processes—including aspects such as the overall structure, who will participate, confidence-building measures, and development of conciliatory agreements; and

  • A three-step technique for developing options governance arrangements and political dialogue processes.

 

Together with CDI’s facilitation, use of this method enables parties with competing interests to consider each other’s views and identify solutions that meet both needs without compromising their own core interests.

Applied Research: Our rigorous understanding of Sudan’s context and challenges informs our research, enabling us to support Sudanese stakeholders in developing discerning, relevant, and practical governance structures and policies. To support groups as they develop these frameworks, CDI provides stakeholders with examples of how other governance systems and political processes have been designed and implemented to support political stability, broad participation, and peace. The examples illustrate how different governance or process choices interact in the real world and deepen the pool of ideas from which Sudanese actors can draw as they develop their own governance system.

Read more about our recent workshops with young women here.

In Sudan, we work to generate consensus between political- and civil society groups on the processes of the Transition Period, how they fit together, and on equitable outcomes. We are supporting significant conferences with government ministries, opposition groups, and civic organizations that will help to define the future systems of governance.

Youth and women played leading roles in the revolution, and we actively engage and support youth groups to bring forward their own proposals for inclusion. We conducted the first nationwide workshop that brought youth from all Sudanese states together to design their own process for their engagement during the Transition Period. Our support to other groups represented in the Transitional Government has contributed to ground-breaking agreements and prevented disputes from arising and from blocking progress during the Transition Period.

Areas of Activity

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Engaging with a wide range of Sudanese constituencies

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Facilitating and
mediating dialogue 

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Developing tools and frameworks

Interview with Country Director Mai Tarig Amir

Featured Publications

Consultations Report on Options for Transition Period Processes

Options for Transition Period Processes

Governance in the Sudan

Governance in the Sudan

Horizontal Trust:

Supporting people-to-people peacebuilding amid disruption

Program Supporters

In the last two years the Sudan program has received generous financial support from:

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Global Affairs Canada

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British Foreign & Commonwealth Office

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Government of Sweden

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European Union

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Government of Norway – Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

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National Endowment for Democracy

Our Partners

In 2015-2017, Conflict Dynamics partnered with the Taskforce on a series of workshops, seminars, and consultation sessions to explore accommodating dialogue processes and governance arrangements in Sudan (in Khartoum as well as at the state and local levels).

In 2015-2018, Conflict Dynamics partnered with Teeba Press on a series of workshops and training materials on political accommodation in Sudan with media practitioners.

Taskforce for the Engagement of Women in Sudan

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Gesr Center for Development (GCD)

Democratic Thought Project (DTP)

In 2019-2020, Conflict Dynamics is partnering with GCD to increase youth participation, especially through an initiative to engage young people in conversation with leadership from the Transitional Government of Sudan and the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) to explore how youth can participate in governance and political processes during and after Sudan’s transitional period

In 2016-2019, Conflict Dynamics conducted a series of workshops with DT and their Reading for Change initiative on options for youth participation in Sudan’s governance and political processes.

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