23/03/2015
lisa monaghan

USAID (2009). Sudan Local Governance Assessment South Sudan in the Three Areas

The main parties to Sudan’s North-South conflict signed the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in early
2005. However, public support for the CPA will in part depend on legitimate, democratic governance that
can deliver so-called “peace dividends” to Sudanese citizens. The absence to date of visible development in
many parts of Southern Sudan and the Three Areas (Abyei and contested areas in the states of Southern
Kordofan and Blue Nile) has dampened enthusiasm for the CPA, opened governments at all levels to
criticism and hindered resolution of local conflicts

The purpose of this assessment is to inform the development of an integrated, multi-sectoral program to
support the CPA by delivering tangible peace dividends. This will be done through building capacity of state
and county governments to effectively engage with their constituents and address their needs. The assessment
team conducted interviews with key informants at all levels of government (Government of Southern Sudan,
states and counties) and with NGOs. The team reviewed pertinent documents, and visited three states and
several county-level government entities. The key findings and recommendations to USAID are summarized
below.

Category: International Assistance and Interventions

Sub-category: Regional