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April 8, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The International Donor Conference for Reconstruction and Development in Darfur (IDCRDD) which concluded its work Monday in the Qatari capital of Doha fell short of achieving its goal of collecting $ 5.7 billion needed for implementing the development strategy in the war ravaged region.

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Sudan’s Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) leader al-Tijani al-Sissi (R) shakes hands with Sudanese presidential adviser Mustafa Osman Ismail (L) during the International Donor Conference for Reconstruction and Development in Darfur, in Doha April 8, 2013 (Photo: Reuters/Mohammed Dabbous)

The Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud announced that the participants made financial pledges of $3.6 billion.

The final figure however, included $2.65 billion from Sudan’s government per the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) signed in mid-2011. Qatar, the host of the peace talks between the Darfur foes and today’s donor conference, declared that it is making a $500 million contribution.

The other donors included European Union (€27.5 million) ,Germany (€60 million), Britain ($49.5 million) and Darfur’s neighbor Chad ($1 million).

The Sultanate of Oman announced that it will fund the development of the village of Halouf in South Darfur state.

The funds will come in the form of grants, loans, banking facilities, credits and technical assistance. The immediate cash support totaling $177.4 million of which Qatar contributing $88.5 million.

The outcome accounts for barely half of the $7.2 billion target which were to be used over the next six years which comes despite wide participation by regional and international.

A United Nations source, who preferred to remain anonymous, told to the German Press Agency (DPA) that rich nations disappointed by refraining from making meaningful pledges.

"The outcome of the conference is disappointing.....Big and rich countries led by the United States and Japan did not offer anything and contributions from the wealthy Arab states such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE were nominal” the UN official said.

"Raising less than $1 billion reflects absence of political will on the part of the donor countries. There was no significant contribution other than the Qatari’s” the official added.

But Jorg Kuhnel, head of communication of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Sudan, told Doha-based Gulf Times that more commitments are expected in the future noting the long term aspect of the strategy.

“The conference doesn’t need to raise the $7.2bn today” Kuhnel said. He went on to say that pledges were enough to start the “foundational and short-term activities” in Darfur.

“What we need to raise is sufficient funds to start implementation and to build credibility of the process. And this we have already achieved at this stage,” the UNDP official said.

The European Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said that the EU had serious concerns over the Darfur situation.

"The EU is firmly committed to bringing durable peace to the people of Darfur. However, we remain deeply concerned about the slow implementation of the DDPD, rising insecurity in parts of Darfur and restrictions on access for aid. We hope that all parties to the conflict will take this opportunity to choose political dialogue over armed confrontation", Piebalgs said.

"We call on the Sudanese government and all parties involved to sustain their efforts to improve the environment in which aid workers operate and fully implement the DDPD to enable a new momentum on development", he added.

Participants in the IDCRDD agreed that Darfur development strategy should be the basis for gradual shift from a policy based on providing humanitarian aid to supporting development in the region.

The statement pointed out that participating countries and organizations have adopted the strategy as springboard for recovery, reconstruction and development in the Darfur during a six-year period.

A monitoring mechanism characterized by transparency, accountability, competence, and flexibility would be set up to manage the funding necessary to implement the strategy.

The DDPD was signed on 14 July 2011 by the Sudanese government and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) led by al-Tijani al-Sissi. Also on 6 April the peace framework agreement was formally inked by a splinter group from the Justice and Equality Movement led by Mohamed Bashar .

The two factions of the Sudan Liberation Movement of Abdel-Wahid Nur (SLM-AW) and
Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM), and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) refused to sign the accord and remain at war with Khartoum.

The holdout rebel groups describe the DDPD as "partial solution" and demand a holistic approach for the Sudanese problem. In November 2011, they founded with the Sudan people’s Liberation Movement - North (SPLM-N) an alliance, calling to topple the regime by all means.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the conflict in Sudan’s troubled western region, where ongoing violence continues to take a terrible human toll.

The United Nations has estimated that around 300,000 people have died during the conflict in Darfur, while some 2 million people have been displaced. Khartoum puts the death toll at 10,000.

(ST)

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  • 9 April 2013 07:57, by trinitri

    That is shameful! Now that the war has ended, the US are not interested anymore in our country!

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    • 9 April 2013 09:42, by Oppressor

      Al hamudlilahi good for our ppl in Darfur & Bad for u trinitri & others who love wars .. we are looking for more mutual interest & corporation with our Arabs brothers in Gulf thanks Qatar & well done Sudan Govt..

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      • 9 April 2013 10:59, by ForAll

        Qatar-Doha first needs to settle their main chorionic problems with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
        I ask politely Al-Mahmoud first to settle the conflicts is his Arabian gulf and then Sudan.

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    • 9 April 2013 21:18, by steven

      It is necessary to do something in order to bring more investments in the country.

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  • 9 April 2013 08:51, by Northern Sudanese

    of course this is ST’s job. trying to make every success in Sudan look bad to please its insect audience, too bad no1 cares about south sudan! The head of the DDD was very pleased with the outcome and said it was %150 successful! in the next 5 years Darfur will get better and better!

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    • 9 April 2013 09:47, by Tutbol

      Northern sudan,
      You are behind the news chap, ST is propagandizing on all fronts because it thinks people donot know what it is upto. Do You believe that money promised to help rebuild Darfur will lift off from the European & american banks? If you follow these donars promises closely; you would have notice ages ago that they lie through their teeth & pray that no one notices their blatant lies!

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      • 9 April 2013 10:01, by Tutbol

        Does 5.2 billion dollars promised at Oslo donors’ conference to raise money to rebuild S Sudan right after 2005 CPA peace deal ring in your mind? There was no such money. But we couldn’t be harsh because it is somebody’s promise after all. But these fools are still playing games with our fools in the authority. But it won’t be too long before these criminals are advised by our...

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        • 9 April 2013 10:09, by Tutbol

          ... young generations to keep their promises or donations to themselves because their donations are not really meant to make africans better off anyway, but to buy political influences accross africa. Only the gullibles continue to believe all these intrigues craps.

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    • 9 April 2013 10:08, by steven

      hopefully situation will improve soon

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      • 9 April 2013 11:03, by ForAll

        Darfurians in USA, CANADA, EUROPE,...must participate in an open DARFURIAN-DARFURIAN DIALOGUE (DDD).
        e.g. Dr Ali B Ali Dinar (Pennsylvania) has strong words in USA and particular the Congress members.
        GOS must go for an open DDD if they want to restore PEACE in DARFUR

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    • 9 April 2013 10:52, by ForAll

      My brother Northern Sudanese:
      I ask you kindly with the 6236 verses of Holy QURAN to think and rethink of your Muslims brothers and sisters in DARFUR who are suffering.
      Please forget about APPLE Polishing and work harder for free DDD for all DARFURIANS.

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  • 9 April 2013 10:43, by ForAll

    Based on holy QUR’AN and then as well stated by Abraham Maslow in his pyramid "DARFUR needs SAFETY and SECURITY" as the priority to restore BASIC Human NEEDS.
    The Conference in Doha-QATAR is just "PLAY THE GAME"
    DARFURIAN-DARFURIAN DIALOGUE is the main key for restoring PEACE in DARFUR.

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  • 9 April 2013 10:55, by ForAll

    The DRA of Dr Tijani Al-Sissi did nothing to Darfur and will do the worst.
    Qatar-Doha first needs to settle their main chorionic problems with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
    Qatar-Doha needs more than 100 years in order to understand the conflict in Darfur.
    True Darfurians will not LICK their feet for any help.

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    • 9 April 2013 11:46, by Oppressor

      Walahi we docare about our families in Darfur but plz "ForAll" give chance to others also to join their efforts in helping our ppl not in darfur but in OUR Beloved Sudan no one is denying darfurian rights to develop coz they deserve more walahi but we need all Sudanese to come together not to be separate.. so what is good to support & little effort from others still can help to resolve the issue.

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      • 9 April 2013 15:24, by ForAll

        Oppressor
        Where is OUR Beloved Sudan from the recent bloody tribal fight between Messeria and Salamat in Central Darfur?
        How long it takes us to solve the problems between GHIMEER and Beni-Halba?
        Fooling around is not the solution for our beloved Darfur.
        Let’s go for an open Darfurian-Darfurian Dialogue (DDD)
        Allah For Darfur...Allah For Darfur...Allah For Darfur...

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  • 9 April 2013 11:42, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear all,
    why we are loosing our voice for nonsense people are called Darfurian,some of them within, some of them fight for nothing the Qatar donor will not successes due to the lack of realistic within Muslims committee.

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    • 9 April 2013 11:48, by Oppressor

      Son Of.. Exactly u are not Sudanese so stop talking about our ppl we darfurian can handle the issue of darfur with our GOVT & we all Sudanese so mange urs plz with Salvage Kirr

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      • 10 April 2013 00:44, by Kushoku

        Op stop this operssing way of thinking if u really look to solve this problem first u have to admit the Doha conference is abig falture! then uhave to listen to the real players ( jem,slm,srf) not those shadowey fake illcreaded splinter groups.

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    • 9 April 2013 15:37, by ForAll

      Son of Ngundeng
      Darfurians are the professional engineers in USA.
      Darfurians are the professional doctors in UK
      Darfurians are the professional business men GERMANY
      Darfurians are the professional traders in South America
      Darfurians are the professional fighters who defeated outsiders and not being taken as slaves
      Darfurians are the professional men in northern European countries.

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