Realizing a Peaceful and Representative Sudan: The Role of Civil Society
Dr Suliman Baldo, Executive Director, Sudan Democracy First Group
Benjamin Kuku Barnaba, Executive Director, New Sudan Council of Churches (NSCC)
Azaz Elshami, Human Rights and Youth Advocate
Ahmed Kodouda, Regional Programme Coordinator, Saferworld
Chair: Dame Rosalind Marsden, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Intense debate on the future of Sudan continues, with the launch of the national dialogue by the government at the beginning of 2014 creating an opportunity to work towards a comprehensive solution to the country’s deep-rooted crises. Negotiations between the government and armed groups, facilitated by the African Union and its lead negotiator Thabo Mbeki, former president of South Africa, as well as dialogue between stakeholders inside Sudan, will ultimately determine the shape of future reforms and reconciliation processes. Yet, despite domestic and international pressure to find a solution to the conflicts in Darfur and the Two Areas, it remains unclear how genuinely inclusive the national dialogue will be.
A number of leading Sudanese civil society actors will discuss the national dialogue, upcoming elections, and the importance of peace in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile, as well as options for effective international engagement.