ASSN Publishes ‘Securing a Space: Civil Society Influencing of Peace Agreements in South Sudan’

Authored by ASSN’s Dr Medhane Tadesse and Geoffrey Lou, this study traces the process through which South Sudanese Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) succeeded in finding their own niche in the country’s successive peace processes, how their interventions were developed and consummated in the insertion of SSR provisions in the final document. In achieving this, South Sudanese CSOs applied several mechanisms to overcome the risk of fragmentation within their own ranks as well as exclusion by political and armed groups. These include early intervention and effective coordination, including the extraordinary use of technologies of mass communication. Sheer persistence, laudable grasp of the subject matter, and alliance building among themselves and with international actors also played a critical role.

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