Omer (2009). A Case Study on the Integration of Traditional Leaders in the Democratisation Process in Sudan
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Governance is a common problem in African countries wherein it manifests itself in various phenomena, such as authoritarian rules, conflict, civil wars, poverty, and unemployment. The research studied to tackle this problem addressed issues on the central governmental level in terms of constitutional and institutional arrangements. Sudan is one of the most complicated cases of governance in Africa considering its long history of civil wars and dictatorships. Using Sudan as a case, this study addressed the issue of governance in traditional communities and rural areas. The study focused on the emphasis on popular participation and civic engagement as measures to guarantee representation and equal distribution of developmental efforts. It was posited that the integration of the traditional leaders in a national structure would increase popular participation and, thereby, strengthen representation in traditional communities and rural areas.