Building Skills for Young Leaders in Sudan

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The Office of United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRCO) and the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (UNDPA), in cooperation with the Political Parties Affairs Council, organized a five-day workshop titled Building Skills of Youth Leadership in Sudanese Political Parties from  20 to 24 August 2017 at Al Salam Rotana Hotel in Khartoum. The workshop aimed to enhance the social responsibility of these young political leaders with an opportunity to think globally and apply locally. By discussing lessons learned from other countries, the young leaders had the opportunity to review issues relevant to Sudan more objectively.

The purpose of the workshop was to train young and active Sudanese leaders involved in Sudanese Political Parties with the needed skills to deal with future challenges facing Sudan and the region.The workshop provided theoretical lessons, case studies from other relevant countries, and practical exercises in leadership, conflict resolution, power sharing, nation building and mediation, among others, and was concluded by building a fictitious case study to practice all the skills learned throughout the previous days. 

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The workshop involved 42 young political leaders, including 17 women, from various political parties both represented in the current government and others from the opposition. In addition to the learning experience, the workshop provided an opportunity for young political leaders to interact with one another, exchange ideas, and to network.

United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Sudan, Ms. Marta Ruedas stated that “there was great dynamics among the group, positive energy and collegial relations. This is the Sudan that I have come to know. People engage together in a friendly and cooperative manner for the sake of their country and their people”. 

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She then acknowledged the leading role of the UNDPA who worked on this project and members of the UNDPA Africa Division who travelled from New York to Khartoum to take part in the workshop. Her speech was concluded by thanking the Government of Sudan in general and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in particular for adopting this initiative and supporting it all throughout.

Mr Haydar Hussein from the Sudanese Political Parties Council praised the cooperation between the Council and the United Nations. He then added that workshops like this are very important as they provide an encouraging environment for future leaders to participate and engage in.

The workshop was successful and received positive feedback by the participants and the partners involved who hoped for other similar training activities to take place in the near future.