Invisible Labour: the Political Economy of Reintegration in South Sudan

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This article considers the 2005–12 Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programme in South Sudan. Current DDR practice centres on ex-combatants’ reintegration through encouraging entrepreneurship and selfemployment and thereby their willingness to take risks and responsibility. However, South Sudan’s DDR programme invisibilizes and obscures the excombatants’ endogenous capacity to adapt and generate an income. Based on in-depth interviews with participants of the DDR programme and key stakeholders, the article argues that DDR interventions seldom capture the labour
market experience of demobilized combatants. The article concludes that selfemployment
is the solution to the process of reintegration, empowerment and ultimately a key to statebuilding.

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Jairo Munive

Senior Researcher Peace, Risk and Violence at Danish Institute for International Studies

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