The signing of the Juba Peace Agreement in October 2020, and a constitutional decree issued in March 2021 by the Chairman of the Sovereign Council, are both significant markers towards the restoration of a federal governance system in Sudan.
Establishing a decentralized system of governance that bridges the development gap between the centre and the regions is a significant challenge. But it is hoped that the genuine devolution of power will support peace-building, result in more equitable distribution of wealth and resources, and amplify local priorities in Sudan’s regions.
For these reforms to be successful the process needs to be inclusive and participatory, with consultation and open dialogue between all stakeholders. Importantly, a national governance conference is planned for September 2021, with earlier state and local-level consultations on a range of priority issues including the number of regions and boundaries, state structures and authority, local governance competencies and administration, as well as human, financial and economic development. Decisions taken on these issues should also feed into the permanent constitution-making process.
At this event, panellists will discuss the implementation of a new federal governance architecture in Sudan, the establishment of structures that will ensure more equitable development across the country and priorities for local governance.
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.
Dr Mohamed Salih M. Yassin, First Under-Secretary, Ministry of Federal Governance, Republic of Sudan
Hon. Adeeb Yousif, Governor of Central Darfur, Republic of Sudan
Anwar Elhaj, Researcher and Political Analyst
Dr Mona Mohamed Taha Ayoub, Lecturer, Institute of Public Administration and Federalism, University of Khartoum
Dr Louise Walker, Chargé d’Affaires, British Embassy in Sudan
Chair: Ahmed Soliman, Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House