The DPA was part of a step-by-step approach to solving Sudan's problems. The CPA was the framework in which it had to be negotiated, which limited the power sharing formula that could be agreed, disappointing many of the rebels. Alex de Waal explains how this played out in the Abuja talks, where only one rebel faction signed the agreement.
He argues that if the DPA can be revived, efforts can switch back to the national agenda of implementing the CPA and transforming Sudan into a functioning democracy. Instead of treating the nation's problems one by one, Sudan's political leaders need to focus on reconstituting Sudan as a united and democratic nation.