Written by Leben Nelson Moro

Localising humanitarian aid during armed conflict: Learning from the histories and creativity of South Sudanese NGOs

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Bringing local perspectives to global debates on localisation, this report makes a rare contribution to knowledge on the everyday efforts and motivations of South Sudanese NGOs, and structural issues within the aid sector. The report makes the following key arguments: South Sudanese NGOs have expanded in waves during humanitarian crises. These waves of expansion have…

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Localising humanitarian aid during armed conflict: Learning from the histories and creativity of South Sudanese NGOs (Policy Paper)

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Along with a research report, the research project  “Historical and Political Dynamics of the NGO Sector in South Sudan” has published a short policy paper for humanitarian donors and funders seeking to provide a more enabling environment for South Sudanese NGOs. Exploring the reality of the struggles and strategies of local and national organisations during…

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South Sudan Post-Independence Dilemmas

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South Sudan: Post-Independence Dilemmas is an interdisciplinary collection of essays which engages with the failure of the newest African State to transition itself successfully to a state and nation after its independence in July 2011. The contributors explore the prospects for new modes of politics capable of simultaneously healing and reconciling the divided communities while…

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Statebuilding and legitimacy: experiences of South Sudan

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In 2005, the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement / Army concluded a peace agreement, formally ending the 22-year-old civil war. Following a referendum, South Sudan seceded; donors put billions toward the new state and Sudan’s recovery, supporting – among other things – the development of new state institutions for both countries.…

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Humanitarian action in South Sudan: the case of Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS)

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In his essay, which is part of a collection of articles examining the history of humanitarian action in Africa, Leben Nelson Moro discusses one of the most significant, Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS). Established in 1989, OLS was set up in response to famine in Bahr-el Ghazal in Southern Sudan. Managed by the UN, it aimed…

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Missed Out: The Role of Local Actors in the Humanitarian Response in the South Sudan Conflict

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This study seeks to understand the strengths and challenges of working with national and local nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) in South Sudan’s conflict-driven humanitarian emergency following the escalation of conflict on 15 December 2013, and reviews how the broader humanitarian system facilitates or prevents their involvement. Download

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Still waiting for the Bonanza: The oil business in South Sudan after 2005

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The paper examines the oil sector in South Sudan since 2005, when the historic Comprehensive Peace Agreement was reached between the Government of the former Sudan and the then rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army. It argues that, as in many low-income countries, the benefits from the oil sector have been reaped mainly by a small…

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From a Transitional to a Permanent Constitution: Views of Men and Women in South Sudan on Constitution-Making

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This report presents the findings from focus group discussions on the topic of governance, citizenship, justice and constitution-making in relation to the permanent constitution in South Sudan in 2013. Download

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