Peace by piece: Addressing Sudan’s conflicts
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Hassan Abdel Ati traces the history of (mainly northern) Sudanese civil society from its anti-colonial origins, to the rise and fall of strong trade unions, to the development of a less politically engaged service-oriented sector. Under the present regime, independent civil society has faced many threats to its existence and has had little opportunity for direct influence the peace processes, despite a range of initiatives documented. The author discusses the peacebuilding roles civil society might assume in the post-agreement period, and the challenges it will face. He calls for internal reforms, a more supportive political environment and effective, non-dependent partnerships with international organisations.