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South Sudan’s National Dialogue: Civil Society’s Role in Safeguarding Public Accountability

Chatham House, London


Jok Madut Jok, Co-Founder, The Sudd Institute
Chair: Dame Rosalind Marsden, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House


President Salva Kiir recently inaugurated a 94-member steering committee for the national dialogue, tasked with bringing harmony and peace to the people of South Sudan. The government also declared a unilateral ceasefire in order to facilitate an environment for inclusive dialogue and assist the movement of humanitarian aid to famine-afflicted areas. However, with a major exodus of refugees, shortage of food and ongoing security, humanitarian, political and economic crises continuing throughout the country, the prospects for delivering a unifying process seem bleak. The search for genuine peace, stability and reconciliation will require a broad-based inclusive dialogue, steered by the concerns of South Sudanese citizens and scrutinized by civil society organizations.

At this meeting, Jok Madut Jok, the co-founder of the Sudd Institute, which will act as the secretariat of the national dialogue steering committee, will examine the requirements for a successful national dialogue and how South Sudanese citizens and civil society should engage with the process.