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Negotiating Justice: Courts as Local Civil Authority During the Conflict in South Sudan

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This paper is based on findings from more than 600 observations of customary and statutory courts by twenty South Sudanese researchers for the Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP) from July 2015-July 2016. It identifies key issues for further deliberation based on research in the towns of Nimule, Torit, Rumbek, Yambio, Yei, Wau, and surrounding…

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Special Working Paper on Devaluation of South Sudan Pound: Short-term Food Security Implications

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With a view to restore order and boost confidence in the money markets, the Bank of South Sudan (BoSS) on 15th December 2015 dropped the fixed exchange rate regime in favor of the floating system in which the value of the South Sudanese Pound against USD is determined by the prevailing market forces. This effectively…

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The Legacy of Kokora in South Sudan

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This research paper investigates the motivation, course, consequences and connotation of Kokora, a policy attempted at two different moments in South Sudan relating to decentralization. This examination attempts to look at the lessons of Kokora while underscoring that decentralization for the southern states did not lead to empowerment but the opposite, and in some cases…

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Negotiating an End to the Current Civil War in South Sudan

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This paper (2015) is a review of the Addis Ababa-based, IGAD-led peace process. It focuses on highlighting risks which may stand in the way of an inclusive settlement, including the competition for power, the question of ethnic divides that have fuelled violence, the multiplicity of armed non-state actors; how to include them in a settlement…

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The Overlooked Role of Elites in African Grassroots Conflicts: A Case Study of the Dinka-Mundari-Bari Conflict in Southern Sudan

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The purpose of this paper is to chronicle three conflicts in Sudan and it attempts to explain why the occur, emphasizing the role of the elites in these conflicts. The paper provides an analysis of grassroots conflicts in Sudan. The paper uses the Dinka-Mundari-Bari Conflict in Central Equatoria State in Southern Sudan as a case…

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“Anyone who can carry a gun can go” – The role of the White Army in the current conflict in South Sudan

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This paper focuses on Nuer civilians who are fighting on the side of the SPLM/A-in-Opposition in the current civil war, popularly known as the White Army. Doing this the report challenges some prevalent misconceptions about the White Army. Download

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South Sudan’s Capability Trap: Building a State with Disruptive Innovation

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This paper explores the possibilities for South Sudan of applying the “Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation” approach , a recent innovation to build state capability. Download

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Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration in South Sudan: The Limits of Conventional Peace and Security Templates

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This report of 2013 explores the DDR programme in South Sudan; in particular how it has evolved, what the major challenges have been to its implementation and, finally, what can realistically be expected from renewed efforts to disarm and reintegrate fighters vis-à-vis security imperatives on the ground. Download

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What is Youth Violence in Jonglei?

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Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005 the state of Jonglei in South Sudan has experienced widespread local violence and insecurity. A generation of “youth in crisis” is perceived to be at the heart of the problem. Based on insights garnered from nearly 150 interviews in Jonglei, this PRIO Paper demonstrates that…

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South Sudanes Local Organisation’s Data Analysis Report

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This report from 2012 aims at providing insight into the realities of local organizations’ existence and operation in South Sudan as well as giving a basic analysis of the influencing factors in South Sudan that steer local organization’s decisions and actions. Download

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The Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan 2011: An Expert View from the Outside

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This study aims to provide a critical legal evaluation of the Transitional Constitution, to analyse the constitution making procedures set out in that text, especially from a comparative perspective, and where appropriate to identify relevant procedures that could be locally adapted. Download

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Wealth Sharing Beyond 2011: Economic Issues in Sudan’s North-South Peace Process

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The paper is organized around three transversal themes that are part of the backward and forward looking functions of peace processes. In terms of the former, these themes include the role of economic characteristics of armed conflict in the engagement of armed groups, and the treatment of the economic agendas and conflict-driving conditions in peace…

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The Politics of Women’s Representation in Sudan: Debating Women’s Rights in Islam from the Elites to the Grassroots

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This report explores Sudanese elite women’s perceptions of gender equality and to what extent they represent grassroots women’s priorities and attitudes. Download

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