Peacebuilding in Sudan: Micro- Macro Issues

People's Peacemaking Perspectives: South Sudan

Conciliation Resources/ Saferworld Brief, March 2012

Challenges of inter-communal violence and militia mobilisation are miring the early optimism about the new country's prospects.

Challenges of inter-communal violence and militia mobilisation are a recurrent problem in South Sudan and are miring the early optimism about the new country’s prospects. Escalating problems between Juba and Khartoum have added to a growing sense of uncertainty, and stand to take away crucial revenues from South Sudan at a time when development and security priorities cannot go under-resourced.

The fact that Jonglei State yet again witnessed hundreds of deaths over the past few months, as well as the abduction of women and children and the theft of thousands of cattle, raises troubling questions for the Government of South Sudan (GoSS); as it does for international actors who have supported and continue to support the prevention of violence in conflict-affected states. And beyond Jonglei, many communities have yet to transition from a state of conflict and continue to suffer insecurity and poverty.

This policy brief pools research findings from three states experiencing serious insecurity  – Jonglei, Warrap and Unity – to unpack from local perspectives the issues underlying violence in the affected areas. The research provides the European Union and its partners with the opinions, concerns and recommendations of a cross-section of citizens in each state; perspectives which can inform their support. Beneath the destructive cycles of raiding and looting, deep grievances about politics, governance, severe poverty and hunger are festering. Scant progress in guaranteeing security and removing weapons from society add further dimensions to crises for which there are no quick fixes. The challenges are putting enormous pressure on the newly elected GoSS, and could tip the country into more severe instability, if they remain continuously unaddressed.

Show resources for these topics:AbyeiBlue Nile StateChadChinaCPACPA ImplementationDarfurDarfur Peace ProcessEast SudanEconomic CooperationElectionsGenderGovernanceHuman RightsInequalityLiterature on PeacebuildingNatural resourcesNorth SudanPeacePeacebuildingPovertyPublicationsReferendumReferendum 2011Regional DevelopmentRule of LawSouth SudanSouthern Kordofan - Nuba mountainsSudanSudan EconomyThe Three AreasWomen and DisplacementWomen in PeacebuildingWomen's Rights

Share |

Allahu Akbar: A Friday in Khartoum
I am sipping to my coffee as I am listening to the local imam through the loudspeaker as he addresses his congregation inside the mosque.

Ikke mer fred å få
Ingen viktige fredsavtaler er inngått i verden de siste åtte årene. De fleste «intern-konflikter» er ikke det de gir seg ut for å være. De er deler av internasjonale konfliktsystemer der eksterne aktører spiller helt sentrale roller, skriver Gunnar M. Sørbø i en utenriksanalyse i Morgenbladet.

Recent books in the Resource Centre:

Civil uprisings in modern Sudan - the 'Khartoum Springs' of 1964 and 1985 W.J. Berridge (2015)

Conflict in the Nuba Mountains - from genocide by attrition to the contemporary crisis in Sudan edited by Samuel Totten and Amanda F. Grzyb (2015)

Multidimensional change in Sudan (1989-2011) - reshaping livelihoods, conflicts and identities edited by Barbara Casciarri, Munzoul A.M. Assal and François Ireton (2015)

Gum Arabic - a gift from the bush Abul Gasim Seif el Din (2015)

Sudan's killing fields - political violence and fragmentation edited by Laura Nyantung Beny and Sondra Hale (2015)

Water, civilisation and power in Sudan - the political economy of military-Islamist state building Harry Verhoeven (2015)

På livet løs - med Norsk Folkehjelp i Sør-Sudan Halle Jørn Hanssen ; med forord av Thorvald Stoltenberg og Pa'gan Amum (2015)

Sudan and South Sudan - from one to two Bona Malwal (2015)

Past, present, and future - fifty years of anthropology in Sudan Munzoul A. M. Asal, Musa Adam Abdul-Jalil (2015)

Emerging orders in the Sudans editors, Sandra Calkins, Enrico Ille, Richard Rottenburg (2015)

More recent books in the Resource Centre

CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute)
Phone: +47 47 93 80 00 - From abroad: +47 55 70 55 65
Fax: +47 47 93 80 01
E-mail: - Web:
P.O.Box 6033 Bedriftssenteret, N-5892 Bergen, Norway
Visiting address: Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen