Sudanese and Regional Perspectives on Community Stabilization in Sudan
A three day workshop on Community Stabilization have commenced today in Khartoum on Community Stabilization organized by UNDP in collaboration with the Sudan Disarmament, demobilization and Reintegration Programme (SDDR). The overall aim of the workshop is to identify and review local, regional and international models of Community Stabilization interventions and to ensure the support of and engagement of national and international stakeholders to the ongoing community stabilization work in Sudan.
The opening session was attended by representatives from the Presidency, Sudan DDR Commission, and the Ministry of International Cooperation, in addition to international visiting experts who are to discuss new approaches to addressing migration challenges –especially within the context of stabilization and peace building in Sudan.
Representing the Presidency, H.E. Hassan Dahawi hailed the cooperation between the different stakeholders on the handling of controlling arms in Sudan. He further re-stated Sudan’s adherence to all signed treaties on arms control and to continue working with the international community in building capacities of various institutions working in this field.
For his part, UNDP Country Director Selva Ramachandran reaffirmed UNDP’s continued commitment to promote community stability in different parts of Sudan as part of UNDP’s support to the pillars of the sustainable Development Goals which are based on People, Peace , Prosperity, Planet and Partnerships. Ramachandran further thanked the governments of Japan and Spain for their generous contributions to DDR efforts in Sudan, emphasizing that Sudan’s experience in the fields of Disarmament, Demobilizing and reintegration is exemplary and has been quoted as a success story in other countries.
DDR National Commissioner Gen. Salah Al-Tayeb enumerated the success of the DDR programme since its start, where more than 25,000 individuals were demobilized, 31,000 reintegrated and 85 projects established to help communities in Northern, Southern Kodorfan and in Sennar State. He further commended UNDP’s efforts in enhancing capacities of the ex-combatants through the provision of livelihoods opportunities which further has a positive impact on the community at large. The Commissioner further asserted his support to safeguarding communities through supporting peacebuilding initiatives and protecting vulnerable populations such as women and persons with disabilities.
Furthermore, H.E. Kamal Hassan Ali Minister of International Cooperation stressed the importance of holding this workshop nowadays amidst the holding of the Sudan National Dialogue where many rebel groups have relinquished their arms and joined the National Dialogue process.
In addition, the Minister called on all combatants to respond to calls for peace and to leave aside war and join the ongoing process of the national dialogue.
During the opening ceremony, a lively performance was given by Hakamat at all participants. Hakamat are traditional women singers who have been singing to mobilize people and communities to join conflict) have now been trained by the UNDP and SDRC to promote peace.
The Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programme in Sudan aims at creating conducive environments for the peaceful reintegration of ex-combatants and associated groups. Through DDR programme , UNDP responds to the security concerns that the communities themselves have identified, thereby strengthening the social cohesion between host communities and ex-combatants as well as bolstering the relationship between communities and state authorities.