Sudan has taken significant strides on its path towards democratic transition. The transitional government has moved to ensure sustainable political reform by implementing the Juba Peace Agreement, and has sought to stabilize the economy by securing debt relief from the international financial institutions and unlocking access to much needed financing for poverty reduction and economic recovery.
Numerous challenges remain however, with the spiralling cost of basic goods, coupled with fuel subsidy removal triggering protests across the country, including calls for the government to step down.
People’s hardship has worsened, especially given the slow roll-out of the family-support programme and other measures to alleviate the negative impacts of economic reforms in the short-term.
Moreover, ongoing peace-building efforts, including negotiations with SPLM-N Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu, and tensions related to security sector reform, remain obstacles to the democratic transition.
In light of these dynamics, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok launched an initiative in June 2021 to enhance unity among the political forces supporting the transition, reinforce the civilian government’s ability to implement difficult governance reforms, and broaden public support for the transition.
This event is part of a Chatham House Africa Programme project on International Support for Sudan’s Transition supported by Humanity United.
This event will be broadcast live on the Africa Programme Facebook page.
Hon. Khalid Omer Yousif, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Republic of Sudan
Chair: Dame Rosalind Marsden, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House