Home | News    Monday 10 December 2007

Sudan civil society discusses in Abyei role of advocacy in democratic process

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

December 9, 2007 (ABYEI) — Civil society representatives met in a conference organised by the US based Mercy Corps in Abyei last week to discuss the need for advocacy in the democratic process. In the country

JPEG - 8.1 kb
People from across southern Sudan and the Three Areas had a chance to
exchange opinions on advocacy during the conference.
(Photo: Rodrigo Ordóñez/Mercy Corp)

More than 250 representatives of civil society groups hailing from regions across southern Sudan and the Abyei area, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states, participated in a meeting in Abyei to discuss the role of advocacy in democratic process.

Participants showed a strong interest in advocacy, which in many cases was a new concept for them. The trainings and debates revealed the participant’s belief that the role of citizens in a democracy is not just confined to casting their ballot, but they should be actively engaged, particularly when the government fails to deliver essential services.

Supported with funds from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), this conference was organized by Mercy Corps and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), in partnership with the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

People attending the conference were particularly vocal about corruption and lack of transparency. “On the budget, do as you say, do not put it in your pocket,” said Gabriel Malish, Project Manager of Mother Action to Assist Widows (MAAW), an organization based in Yei.

Mayen Gabriel Monychok, a member of Saint Bakhita Women’s Association, an organization from Ruweng, Unity State, reminded government accountability does not only refer to money. “Government should only make promises on things that they are sure they can deliver,” he explained.

Chris Johnson, head of the United Nations mission (UNMIS) in Abyei, hailed the meeting underlined the vital role of civil society in the building of democratic governance.

Participants agreed that civil society organizations know best the needs and demands on the ground, so they are well placed to offer consultation when the government considers new laws and budgets.

The discussion on the role of the media was the liveliest. “If someone in the government is stealing public money, how many of you would want to know? Do you think the government media would report that?” asked Edward Terso, Senior Information and Advocacy Officer of the Southern Sudan Commission for Census, Statistics and Evaluation.

The diversity of the participants offered an unrivaled opportunity to assess the level of understanding of the democratic process across southern Sudan and the three transitional areas, said Mercy Corps.

Representatives from the southern Sudan commission for census shared information about the upcoming census and the many challenges they must overcome. Also another training session reinforced the awareness of participants on citizens’ rights and obligations.

This was the fourth in a series of six Regional Civil Society Exchange Conferences, organized twice a year by the USAID-funded Localizing Institutional Capacity in Sudan (LINCS) program. Through this program, Mercy Corps works to foster a healthy and active civil society in Sudan, by supporting 70 partner civil society organizations working in the local communities across 6 regions and 15 counties.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 1 February 2008 22:30, by ENOUGH Project

    Abyei: Sudan’s “Kashmir”
    By: Roger Winter and John Prendergast
    01/28/2008

    “Sudan is an incredibly complex country. Wars and coups have marked its history since it gained independence in 1956. The country is littered with killing fields, some localized and some with national and regional implications.
    Perhaps no area is more volatile and carries more implications for Sudan’s future than the oil rich region of Abyei——Sudan’s “Kashmir”—astride the boundary between North and South roughly 500 miles southwest of Khartoum. There lies one of the most potent of tripwires in all of Sudan. If the political crisis regarding Abyei is addressed, there is potential for peace in the entire country. If it is mishandled, it dramatically increases the possibility that Sudan’s current conflicts—from Darfur to the South to the East—will explode over the coming few years into a national war with regional implications and historically devastating repercussions for its people.”

    To continue reading the remainder of the report, please go to the ENOUGH Project website:
    http://www.enoughproject.org/abyei

    View online : Abyei: Sudan’s “Kashmir”

    repondre message

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


An Alternative National Dialogue: Sudan’s last chance for sustainable peace and Unity 2014-08-30 06:18:14 By Suliman Baldo August 29, 2014 — Last week, with much fanfare and renewed hope on the part of Sudanese citizens, the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) for Sudan and South Sudan, (...)

A critique of the IGAD protocol for peace in S Sudan 2014-08-30 05:53:03 “A critique of the IGAD protocol on agreed principles on transitional arrangements towards resolution of the crisis in South Sudan” By David de Chand August 29, 2014 - First and foremost of all, (...)

IGAD failure to delivering peace for South Sudan! 2014-08-30 05:43:48 By Jacob Odong August 29, 2014- The East African Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is concluding a plan to allow for what they are calling a unity government for South Sudan. If (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


National Dialogue in Sudan: Past experiences and current challenges 2014-08-27 06:18:22 Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) Since independence, Sudan has undergone a number of national peace agreements, some of which were observed and honored for short periods, others which were (...)

A new approach to the National Dialogue will stop war and lead to democracy in Sudan 2014-08-22 06:50:30 A New Approach to the National Dialogue in Sudan that will Stop the Wars, Address the Humanitarian Crisis and Lead to Democratic TransformationChatham House, London on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (...)

Friends and Diaspora of South Sudan urge leaders to choose peace 2014-08-19 20:29:59 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Esther Sprague, Founder & Director, Sudan Unlimited 415.713.2495, esprague11@yahoo.com FRIENDS AND DIASPORA OF SOUTH SUDAN URGE LEADERS TO CHOOSE PEACE UNSC (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.