The South Sudan Peace Portal is a web-based resource that helps to inform and enhance the theory and practice of conflict transformation in South Sudan. It has two main objectives - to share in-depth information and make knowledge and experience more easily accessible, and to contribute to an alternative narrative to peace by bringing together diverse voices and perspectives on peacebuilding.
Successive peace processes in South Sudan have not achieved sustainable political settlements nor peaceful societies. Trends that have been noted include: a failure to address the root causes of conflict and understand their complexity; resorting to technical fixes which do not sufficiently take into account historic relations and specific local conflict dynamics; a narrow approach to conflict resolution and mediation which has failed to prioritise inclusion and to enable wider engagement.
International peace and security programming and domestic elites alike have tended to overlook or marginalise important elements required for a transition from long-term war to positive peace. Since 2013, wider consensus has emerged on the need for a deeper understanding of context including local politics and culture, and the connection between local and national conflict. There is more recognition of the roles of locally-led or grassroots reconciliation, trauma healing, people-to-people dialogue, alongside more technocratic state-building approaches. There are many lessons to learn from the past and diverse experience in South Sudan, which offer opportunities to apply more effective approaches to conflict transformation and peacebuilding.
The South Sudan Peace Portal attempts to address this gap by providing examples of theory and practice.
The South Sudan Peace Portal was conceived and is guided by a diverse group of individuals involved in conflict transformation programmes in South Sudan. Our content is not affiliated to any organisation or political party.
You can search research, analysis and resources within the ‘Repository’ section of the South Sudan Peace Portal. You can search case studies within the ‘Case studies’ section. You can search media content within the ‘Voices’ section. Simply filter the content by selecting one or more thematic areas, content type or geographic location. You can also undertake a keyword search of section content using the keyword search tool.
You do not need to register to contribute content to the South Sudan Peace Portal. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to submit documents, media links, or other content you think will support the aims and objectives of the website. However, you will be asked to provide an email address so we can contact you for clarifications, with possible suggested edits in line with content size restrictions, and with information that may be of interest to you. Your contributions are important to building a body of theory and practice that will enhance conflict transformation programming in South Sudan. Simply select the CONTRIBUTE option to do so. The option appears on every page within the portal.
The South Sudan Peace Portal is guided by the following core principles and values:
- Context sensitivity
- Do No Harm
More detail is available below.
If you feel that any aspect of the South Sudan Peace Portal does not reflect these core principles and values, please email your concern to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Impartiality: The South Sudan Peace Portal is a neutral space that does not serve any domestic or international political or organisational agenda, beyond the provision and dissemination of information to inform peacebuilding and relevant programming.
- Context sensitivity: The South Sudan Peace Portal is founded on the belief that peace cannot be imported from outside, and that context sensitivity is essential to good practice. The South Sudan Peace Portal is designed to place local concerns and local actors at the centre of its resources.
- Do No Harm: We recognise the potential negative impact of interventions and that sensitivity to the context is essential to good practice, as enshrined in the ‘Do No Harm’ principle.
- Inclusivity: The South Sudan Peace Portal is a space to share, develop and discuss relevant information, research and expertise from both domestic and external actors with experience in South Sudan to better inform approaches to peacebuilding.
- Empowerment: The South Sudan Peace Portal is established in recognition that South Sudanese have critical expertise, history and knowledge to share as resources for peacebuilding. The Peace Portal prioritises sharing relevant work, insights, opinions, ideas, thoughts and perspectives of South Sudanese citizens and peacebuilders.
- Learning: The South Sudan Peace Portal is dedicated to the advancement of learning and informed practice: valuable lessons from a wide range of initiatives, research and case studies are shared regardless of authorship, so long as content contributes to enhancing learning and aligns with the other principles.
- Transparency: Origin and authorship of all resources available on the South Sudan Peace Portal shall be transparent, unless anonymity is specified.
- Cooperation: We act cooperatively and in partnership with other agencies and organisations as appropriate.
- Humility: We recognise that there are different ways of dealing with and resolving conflict and that our contribution is a small part of a broad range of initiatives and processes. Commitment: We aim to work with a long-term perspective in a sustained way.
- Innovation: We strive to apply existing technologies and media in new ways; and to spearhead the use of new technologies where appropriate to the aims of the Peace Portal.
- Excellence: Our digital outputs must be both fit for purpose and context.
Much of the content on the South Sudan Peace Portal is user generated. We will do our best to control its quality, but in case you'll find something inappropriate, please do not hesitate to report it by using the red flag icon or by simply sending us an email.
The website has been designed for low bandwidth users (for example, this is why many of the pages contain blocks of colour instead of graphic content). The functions of the site have also been simplified as far as possible to speed up loading times. If you are experiencing any problems though, we welcome your feedback so we can try to make improvements. Please contacts us at: email@example.com.
South Sudan Peace Portal has received a grant of 10,000USD from Humanity United to produce this website. The funding is managed jointly by Justice Africa and Christian Aid in South Sudan. Transformedia is responsible for technical and digital requirements. The Conflict Sensitivity Resource Facility manages the 'Repository' section. Christian Aid, Justice Africa, the CSRF and Transformedia have a Memorandum of Understanding which determines the terms of the partnership.
There are no paid roles with the South Sudan Peace Portal. However, we welcome your contributions to the site through the CONTRIBUTION page and we may also be able to offer occasional work experience/volunteer opportunities. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating your interest.