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 expulsion.

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Rens Willems

Senior Researcher, Policy and Operations Evaluation Department at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
After having graduated from Utrecht University in 2008 with a MA degree in conflict studies and human rights, Mr. Willems worked with the Dutch Peace organization IKV Pax Christi. Subsequently he worked with the Centre for Conflict Studies of Utrecht University for a period of 3,5 years on a research project that he used to write his PhD. From 2013 until 2017 Mr. Willems worked as research fellow and programme leader for the University for Peace (UPEACE) Centre The Hague.

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