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Gender Norms, Conflict, and Aid – briefing note

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This briefing note explores the interaction between gender norms of masculinities and femininities, and capacities for peace and conflict in areas that are receiving assistance. The aim of the research on which this publication is based on is to better understand how gender norms, including violent notions of masculinity and gender inequality in Greater Lakes…

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‘If You are Safe, I am Safe’: Conflict Analysis

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The ‘If You are Safe, I am Safe’ strategy for South Sudan proposes to turn the desire for safety from a competitive conflict-causing endeavour to a co-operative peace-building endeavour.  Aimed initially at promoting peace between communities, it envisages an active role for both local administration and central government.  To do so there must be an…

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The Importance of Judicial Independence to the Administration of Justice: The Case of South Sudan

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We live in an era where the need to ensure proper administration of justice has never been so imperative. However, the fulfilment of this desire, as an aspiration of every citizen, depends largely on the competence, independence, and integrity of judges as the custodians of the laws. This brief discusses the significance of judicial independence…

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Ending the conflict in South Sudan: The way forward, Peter Biar Ajak, May 2017

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In April 2017, I was part of a delegation of South Sudanese experts, activists and a religious leader that travelled to Addis Ababa to meet with policymakers at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), African Union (AU), United Nations (UN), Ethiopian government and other African and Western governmental organizations. While in Addis, the delegation delivered…

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Key IPC Findings: June-July 2017

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This briefing document of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification outlines the key findings on the food security situation in South Sudan. It projects that it continues to deteriorate with 6 million (50% of the population) estimated to be severely food insecure (IPC Phases 3, 4, and 5), in June and July 2017. This is…

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Federalism Debate In South Sudan: Laying the Foundation for Acceptable, Responsive, and Inclusive Governance

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The South Sudanese parties to the conflict signed the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS) in August 2015 and essentially agreed to establish a federal system of government. This raises three critical questions. First, do the people of South Sudan support the establishment of federalism as envisioned by the warring parties?…

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The State of the South Sudanese National Unity

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This paper discusses the state of South Sudan’s national unity. Our insights are based on interviews conducted with the members of parliament, representatives of women and youth, civil society organizations, intellectuals, and representatives of political parties residing in Juba, South Sudan. Most of the respondents look at national unity as a sense of common purpose,…

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Instruments of Pain (II): Conflict and Famine in South Sudan

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War in South Sudan led the UN to declare 100,000 people are suffering famine, with a further 5.5 million at risk. This special briefing urges the country to work harder to establish parameters for a ceasefire. At the same time, humanitarian corridors from Sudan should be kept open and donors must fully fund the UN…

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Remote-control Breakdown: Sudanese Paramilitary Forces and Pro-government Militias

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This Issue Brief examines the history of Sudan’s militia strategy and the role of militias in the country’s armed conflicts, notably in Darfur and the Two Areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. It discusses the use of para-military forces and militias in Sudan from the 1980s until the present day, including their alleged roles…

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Democratise or disintegrate: How the AU can help South Sudan

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The implementation of South Sudan’s latest peace agreement appears to be at a standstill. Insecurity, food shortages and the breakdown in governance have forced more than 1.5 million people to flee the country. President Salva Kiir’s announcement of a forthcoming national dialogue offers some hope. Yet people are divided on the legitimacy of the process:…

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Policing in South Sudan: Transformation Challenges and Priorities

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Based on extensive in-depth interviews with the police leadership, rank-and-file SSNPS, donors, legal and security experts, and civil society groups, this Issue Brief reviews the state of the police in South Sudan in order to draw attention to shortcomings that may be addressed as part of ongoing donor engagement with the SSNPS. Download

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Legitimacy, Exclusion, and Power: Taban Deng Gai and the South Sudan Peace Process

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This Issue Brief analyses Taban Deng’s history and his current place in South Sudan. In doing so, it draws on a new HSBA Working Paper on Unity state—A State of Disunity: Conflict Dynamics in Unity State, South Sudan, 2013–158—which is being released together with this Brief. Download

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The Political Economy of South Sudan

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This paper provides an overview of the contemporary political economy of South Sudan. It begins with brief geographical, social and historical background before outlining key recent themes and current challenges. It concludes with some thoughts on dynamics likely to influence future opportunities and challenges. A list of selected further readings is provided at the end…

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South Sudan Country Evaluation Brief

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The purpose of this Country Evaluation Brief is to present relevant knowledge about donors’ development efforts in South Sudan. The brief systematises relevant findings from existing evaluations of development interventions in the country. Download

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