Peace by piece: Addressing Sudan’s conflicts
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One of the root causes of conflict in Sudan is a sense of marginalisation from the corridors of power and a share in national wealth. Decentralisation can guard against this by bringing decision-making processes closer to the people.

The SPLM/A's Daniel Awet Akot explains the reasons for southern Sudan's special autonomous status and reviews the broader decentralisation provisions in the CPA and interim constitution. However, he also describes unsatisfied demands for stronger forms of regional autonomy in other parts of the country, recommending that these demands be met in order to make further conflict less likely.