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How to support Sudanese civilian efforts to form an effective bloc that will advocate for peace, humanitarian assistance and inclusive democratic governance in Sudan?

Sudans Working Group Policy Brief: Part 4
Sudans Working Group Policy Brief: Part 4

Civil conflicts have been resolved in two ways, military victory or via a negotiated settlement.  A major criticism of negotiated settlements is that the combatants reach agreement among themselves for their own benefit and the civilian population that must live with the outcome have no say in it. Another criticism is that peace deals between armed actors tend to be pauses in hostilities as underlying grievances remain unresolved and/or ambitions unfulfilled. The proposed answer to these shortcomings of negotiated settlements is to include independent civilian participation in the negotiations in order to give any resulting agreement greater popular support/legitimacy. 

The fourth session focused on the recent efforts of civilian representatives to agree on principles that would unite them in advocating for cessation of hostilities, promoting an effective response to Sudan’s humanitarian crisis and charting a path toward inclusive, civilian, democratic governance of Sudan.

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