Policy and practice summary: Lessons on peacebuilding in South Sudan
This policy and practice summary accompanies a longer report which identifies overarching lessons contributing to the effectiveness of peacebuilding in South Sudan. It aims to provide some guidance for those wishing to understand or support peacebuilding in South Sudan, particularly donor agencies and practitioners within the peacebuilding sector.
The summary includes:
- Why we should learn from the ‘local’ and engage in multi-level approaches
- What we found out
- Conclusion and methodology
South Sudan – key facts
It is the world’s newest nation, gaining independence from Sudan in July 2011.
It has some of the worst development and humanitarian indicators in the world, but has substantial reserves of oil.
Civil war started in 2013 when a political crisis led to division within the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement which escalated into armed conflict.
One in every three people, or 4.3 million people, have been displaced by fighting so far (UN OCHA).
Peace is a process. It is not a short-term event, it can take three months or five years. You don’t stop, you go on and on, until there is a sense of justice.’
Reverend Peter Tibi
Africa Inland Church and Director of CBO, Reconcile