Joint Conflict Reduction Programme
What is the Project about?
Since the independence of South Sudan 9 July 2011, 11 out of Sudan’s remaining 18 states have been directly affected by continued conflict. Within this context, the Kordofan States, East Darfur, Abyei and Blue Nile –located at the frontlines during the North-South civil war-, continue to face particularly acute and complex challenges in progressing towards goals of sustainable peace and poverty reduction.
JCRP works to address immediate conflict risks and contribute to long-term conflict resolution and peace building in the former Protocol Areas of South Kordofan State, West Kordofan State, Blue Nile State and Abyei in Sudan. In addition to strengthening community and state-level peacebuilding capacities, JCRP II has also promoted vertical and horizontal dialogue between peacebuilding stakeholders across States to enhance knowledge-exchange and the peacebuilding practice in Sudan.
Phase II of the JCRP is now being implemented, with support by European Union since March, 2014. Phase II JCRP builds on the work of the Conflict Reduction Programme (CRP), implemented in 2009 as a pilot programme aimed at prevention and resolution of local conflicts in South Kordofan and Phase I of the Joint Conflict Reduction Programme, which expanded the work of the CRP into Blue Nile state and the Abyei Area. The JCRP was initially conceived in a post-conflict setting, in the context of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Since 2011 however, there has been a re-emergence of larger-scale conflicts with the Abyei Area, Blue Nile and Kordofan states becoming critical, not only for the security of Sudan, but also for South Sudan, owing to the inter-dependent livelihoods of communities across borders.
JCRP II is being implemented jointly by UNDP and IOM, building on the experience and comparative advantage of both organizations in the area of conflict prevention and peace building. JCRP aims to:
- Support government and community-led peace-building initiatives to promote stability, inter-communal reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in addition to mitigating current and future local flashpoint conflicts through inclusive peace processes.
- Linking local stakeholders to relevant high-level peace processes through dialogue and dissemination of information.
- Delivering community infrastructure and productive assets that sustain social stability, community security and resilience to crisis in addition to the provision of targeted and innovative initiatives to support conflict reduction and community resilience to state-wide conflicts.
Achievements to date
JCRP is continuing to support key peacebuilding stakeholders and local level peace processes, as for example the Darjamee-Tesse process in South Kordofan State where a peace agreement was signed in June 2015 with technical support from JCRP and key involvement of JCRP partners locally. As of November 2015, JCRP has supported 22 peace processes. JCRP is working closely with more than 80 Peace Ambassadors in South Kordofan, West Kordofan, Abyei, and Blue Nile States in addition to youth volunteers in Darfur to support their community peacebuilding work. Additionally, JCRP is working in collaboration with the Peace Research Institute (PRI) of the University of Khartoum to facilitate exchange between peacebuilders across States, through enhanced exchange and cooperation. JCRP and PRI jointly organized Sudan Peace Symposium from 8-10 September, 2015, bringing together over 400 participants to discuss how different stakeholders, including community peacebuilders, academia, private sector and external organizations can better contribute to build sustainable peace in Sudan. JCRP is also supporting facilitation of dialogue through capacity development of key stakeholders and the development of an innovative dialogue platform: the online gamified dialogue platform, Raik Shino.