In August 2015, South Sudan’s government and the armed opposition signed a peace deal aimed at ending a civil war that started in December 2013. While the signing was cautiously hailed as a success, it was clear from the beginning that the proposed administrative and power sharing arrangements would be challenging to implement, as would be the establishment of a truth, healing and reconciliation commission. Two months after the peace agreement, President Salva Kiir issued a decree to change South Sudan’s structure from 10 to 28 states, causing uncertainty about the implementation of the peace deal within the new structure. The opposition party SPLM-IO had previously suggested a new administrative structure of 21 states.
The South Sudan Peace Agreement offers opportunities and challenges. This event, co-hosted by the the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) and ODI’s Politics and Governance Programme (POGO), and available to watch here, brought together crucial perspectives from South Sudan and recent research to shine a light on where opportunities and challenges lie and how these various processes can become constructive for a country seeking peace. Leading this discussion was Professor Dr Luka Biong Deng - a recognised expert on the affairs of Sudan and South Sudan in the areas of poverty, vulnerability, famine, civil wars, constitution-making, and state-building, and a member of SLRC’s Central Advisory Group.
To watch event online, visit http://www.odi.org/events/4331-south-sudan-path-peace
Media: Khalid Al Mubarak. 'S. Sudan event at ODI/ Luka Biong's Flawed Arguments'. Sudan Vision: An Independent Daily. 8 February 2016 http://news.sudanvisiondaily.com/article.html?rsnpaid=3304
Wendy Fenton Humanitarian Practice Network Coordinator, ODI
Professor Dr Luka Biong Deng Associate Professor, Juba University
Professor Dr Leben Moro Senior Researcher, SLRC South Sudan, and Director, Centre for Peace and Development Studies
Dr Martina Santschi Senior Researcher, SLRC South Sudan and Swiss Peace
Dr Mareike Schomerus Research Fellow, POGO, ODI