The Religious Landscape in South Sudan: Challenges and Opportunities for Engagement

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Since the beginning of South Sudan’s civil war in 2013, the country’s religious actors have sought to play an active role in turning the tide from war and violence to peace and reconciliation. Drawing on interviews, focus groups, and consultations, this report maps the religious landscape of South Sudan and showcases the legitimate and influential religious actors and institutions, highlights challenges impeding their peace work, and provides recommendations for policymakers and practitioners to better engage with religious actors for peace.

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Jacqueline Wilson

Senior Program Specialist at United States Institute of Peace
Jacqueline H. Wilson is a senior program officer in usiP’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding. She focuses on programming for usiP primarily in Africa but has also conducted programs in afghanistan, Pakistan, iraq, Yemen, Niger, and Colombia.
Wilson specializes in traditional mechanisms of conflict resolution and local peace processes, as well as electoral violence prevention. Her dissertation focuses on the practice of blood money.

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