Support to the Abyei Civil Administration Project
The Support to the Abyei Civil Administration Project started in November 2008. The project was created following the signing of the Abyei Road Map on 8 June 2008 to end violence that erupted in Abyei in May 2008 resulting in more than 60,000 people being displaced. The Road Map seeks to address issues related to security arrangements, the return of IDPs, interim arrangements for the Abyei Area Administration (AAA), and an arrangement for final settlement. It aims also to contribute to peace and stability in Abyei through support to the establishment of the civil administration in Abyei in furtherance of the Road Map for the Return of IDPs and the Abyei Protocol.
To support the establishment of a functional civil administration and Joint Integrated Police Units (JIPU) through infrastructure and technical advisory support, including construction of civil administration and police premises, formulation of a legislative and regulatory framework for governance, urban planning and capacity development for the provision of public goods and services.
Snapshots of the project's major achievements
- Developed a layout plan for a proposed Abyei Township Truck parking (for 100 trucks) incorporating plot layouts for small scale industries and convenience shops.
- Supported the development of an interim basic law for Abyei through facilitation of public consultations between the Council and civil society representatives in Abyei; and translation of the draft bill from English to Arabic.
- Provided technical support in the recruitment of senior staff for the Finance and Economic Planning Department.
- Supported the Abyei Area Administration Finance and Economic Planning Department in drafting a Public Financial Management and Accountability Act, and drafting Public Procurement Regulations/Guidelines.
- Conducted training for 26 AAA staff from finance units of all departments.
- Trained 65 civil servants in budget preparation and management.
- Supported the construction and furnishing of offices and accommodation for the new Abyei Area Administration.
- Renovated 4 old buildings and handed over to AAA for use by the Finance, and Public Utilities departments.
- Provided communication equipment, office furniture and equipment, stationery and medical items to support the establishment of the JIPU.
- Completed the construction of a police station in Agok after the May 2008 violence.
- Renovated the Abyei Police Station offices block; holding cells; and registry.
- Renovated the Abyei Justice and Confidence Center following the May 2008 violence.
- Completed construction of accommodation and dining hall for the JIPU.
- Completed construction of Abyei Legislative Council building (parliament)
- Trained 319 Joint Integrated Police Unit (JIPU) officers of different ranks in human rights, basic crime investigation and other policing aspects.
- Provided advisory support to the Sudan National Survey for the on-going Master Plan preparation of the Abyei Township.
- Supported training for 109 JIPU officers on the ‘Principles of Prison Management and UN Minimum Standard Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners’.
- Conducted training for 40 AAA Civil Servants in Basic IT. Supported capacity assessment and screening/evaluation of civil servants; development of an Electronic Payroll System, and payment procedures; and development of a discussion paper on single pool/single treasury system.
- Conducted community policing sessions for 40 police officers; 45 Payam and Buma Administrators; and 37 community.
- Trained 15 members of the Paralegal Association Executive Committee on financial management and legal aid.