Progress and next stages of the Darfur Internal Dialogue and Consultation (DIDC)
With funding from the Government of Sudan, the State of Qatar and the European Union, 77 Outreach consultations and 68 Locality level consultations have been completed since December 2017 with the last consultation conducted in Adeela, East Darfur. The consultations were conducted with the active collaboration of the Government of Sudan and State Government officials, and the Doha civil society Follow up Mechanism (FUM). The UNDP has been managing project funds and servicing project implementation through the University Peace Centres in Darfur.
After a successful conduct of the locality consultations, State level consultations will be conducted in all the five states in Darfur to consolidate the recommendations from the locality level consultations. At the state level consultations, the issues raised at the locality level consultations will be summarized or merged into concrete action points to provide informed insight into further discussions with refugees and those in the diaspora. The outcome of the comprehensive discussions of the locality level recommendations, will serve as a working document for the subsequent refugee and diaspora consultations which will be conducted for Darfuris in Europe and the United States of America and the Middle East. The Darfuri population in those places is estimated to be high and can constitute a quorum for substantive discussions on the Darfur conflict and how to reach an all acceptable peace deal.
The Darfur Internal Dialogue and Consultation (DIDC) is an inclusive forum created to address the root causes of the conflict in Darfur. Established under Article 79 of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), it promotes healing and reconciliation. The DIDC targeted citizens from the five states of Darfur, as well as Darfuris living in Khartoum, for an open dialogue on how to reach lasting peace in Darfur. The ideas generated through the discussions are funneled towards state level consultations.
The DIDC process aims to consolidate the Doha Peace Process achievements, including effective implementation of the DDPD, through inclusive and continuous multi-stakeholder engagement of the citizens of Darfur on issues underlying the Darfur conflict, gaining the citizens’ perspective on solutions and the way forward to permanent peace.
The DIDC is a bottom-up process encompassing an outreach programme and five levels of consultation: locality, refugee, diaspora, state and regional. The design of the process provides for an Outreach and Sensitization, which is essentially an awareness raising process, to be followed by Locality, State Level and regional consultations through a bottom up approach. The design further calls for the conduct of consultations with Darfuris in Refugee camps and in the Diaspora, as well as for a post DIDC feedback process.
UNDP has been managing project funds and servicing project implementation through the University Peace Centers in Darfur and several Grant beneficiaries and Contractors.
With funding from the European Union 16 locality level consultation meetings have been completed, 4 localities in North Darfur, 4 in South Darfur, 3 localities in East Darfur, 3 localities in West Darfur and 2 localities in Central Darfur.
The consultation meetings were conducted by the peace centers at each state as contractors to deliver the services and facilitate DIDC implementation process as follows:
- Center for Peace and Development- North Darfur State- ELfasher
- Center for Peace and Development Studies Zalingi- Central Darfur
- Center for Peace and Development Studies Elgenina
- Peace Studies and Research Center Nyala –South Darfur
- Peace Studies and Research Center- Eldein-East Darfur
As part of the capacity development and institutional strengthening support provided to the implementing partners and DIC members and Follow UO Mechanism (FUM) 30 people benefited from a series of capacity development activities undertaken to build their capacities in the area of DIDC concept, finance, logistics, procurements, coordination, monitoring and reporting to manage funds effectively and transparently, leadership, conflict management.
- Nearly 3000 people benefited from the consultation meetings conducted in 16 locations in the five states of Darfur under the European Union fund.
- Nearly 400 people attended the locality level results dissemination conference held in Khartoum on October 2017, the conference attended by a wide variety of Diplomatic corps, UN entities, National and International Organizations, government high ranking officials and the event was addressed by the second Vice President Hassabo Mohamed Abdulrahman
- Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting and audit services: As part from regular programmatic monitoring, financial spot checks were conducted for each tranche issued to implementing partners. UNDP conducted two external audit in 2016 and 2017 with satisfactory rating.
- 20 people from the peace centers, FUM and DIC members benefited form a 4 day training organized by UNDP in December 2016 in collaboration with UNAMID and Elfasher University. The post-assessment revealed the considerable level of better understanding about the topics and skill among the participants, which helped facilitate the smooth implementation of DIDC process.
- DIDC Implementation Committee (DIC) benefited from the European Union support through signing of LOA to take its overarching responsibility of leading and managing the DIDC process.