Sustained interventions in South Sudan (2016-2021)

CCR is currently implementing a five-year project on "Generating Sustainable Livelihoods and Leadership for Peace in South Sudan" as part of a consortium of three organisations also involving the Agency for Co-operation and Research in Development (ACORD), and DanChurchAid (DCA).

The long-term goal of the project is to address the political and socio-economic root causes of armed conflict and instability in South Sudan. The project will seek to empower local community leaders, civil society, and peacebuilding actors to contribute directly and sustainably to a culture of peace and respect for human rights in the following areas of implementation: Imatong, Jonglei, Jubek, Kapoeta, Lomurnyang, and Terekeka states.

An underlying premise of the project is that local communities in South Sudan will be better equipped to prevent and manage the consequences of conflicts and economic shocks if interventions address both humanitarian and development issues.

More on CCR's South Sudan project

Building Peace and Promoting Human Security in Post-Conflict Societies

Between 2012 and 2016, CCR implemented a four-year project on "Building Peace and Promoting Human Security in Post-Conflict Societies", with funding from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The project contributed to structural poverty reduction in South Sudan and the Great Lakes region (Burundi, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo [DRC], and Rwanda) through promoting reconstruction, peace, and human security. With this project, CCR built the capacity of military institutions and police from Uganda, the DRC, and Burundi.

The Centre also contributed to building the capacity of local civil society groups around issues of human rights and conflict management to promote mediation, dialogue, and reconciliation in local communities in South Sudan's then Jonglei, Warrap, Eastern Equatoria, Western Equatoria, and Central Equatoria states.

Over the four-year project period, CCR contributed to conflict resolution, state-building, and post-conflict reconstruction efforts in South Sudan and the Great Lakes region by promoting a culture of peace through fostering dialogue between policymakers, academics, government officials, and civil society organisations, through their participation in the following four policy seminars:

1) Security and Governance in the Great Lakes Region (May 2015)
This seminar assessed the major obstacles to peace, security, and governance in the Great Lakes region and crafted effective and credible policies and strategies to overcome these obstacles.

2) The Peacebuilding Role of Civil Society in South Sudan (December 2015)
This seminar provided a platform for developing concrete, actionable recommendations for strengthening the capacity of local civil society organisations to play a more effective role in ongoing and future peacebuilding processes in South Sudan.

3) War and Peace in the Great Lakes Region (March 2016)
This seminar examined in-depth the cases of the DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda, while assessing the peacebuilding roles of the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) in the region.

4) Building Peace in South Sudan: Progress, Problems, and Prospects (December 2016)
Discussions at this seminar centred on six key themes: (1) challenges facing South Sudan's transitional government of national unity; (2) implementation of the August 2015 Addis Ababa peace agreement; (3) human rights; (4) gender and peacebuilding; (5) the role of civil society; and (6) the role of external actors in the conflict-affected country.

Sustained interventions in Lesotho and Swaziland

CCR has worked in Lesotho (since 1998) and Swaziland (since 2003) to promote stability in both countries. CCR's sustained interventions in Lesotho, Swaziland, and South Sudan recorded some notable outcomes.

In Lesotho:

  • District dialogue sessions have provided local government structures with non-violent options to resolve role-conflicts between traditional leaders and local councillors. Following CCR training, alternative dispute resolution approaches, instead of legal means or adversarial approaches, are now more frequently used to manage conflicts.
  • CCR trainees formed a technical team that supported heads of churches in mediating a conflict between the government and opposition parties over the allocation of electoral seats. By 2011, the conflict had been successfully mediated, paving the way for smooth general elections in May 2012.

In Swaziland:

  • With the help of skills gained at a CCR training workshop in 2014, Malindzisa Gugu of the Swaziland Coalition of Concerned Civic Organisations conducted community dialogues and sensitisation sessions on conflict management (with a focus on land conflicts) and human rights with traditional leaders and community members.
  • After CCR training in 2014, Shabalala Zwanini, Coordinator of the Constituent Assembly of Civil Society in Swaziland, conducted 13 dialogue sessions and promoted community negotiations to sensitise local communities on peaceful conflict management initiatives in order to engage with governance structures in a non-violent way.

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