Staff from ACCORD’s Peacemaking and Peacebuilding Units travelled to Khartoum, Sudan, for a consultative field mission from 13 - 18 February 2010. The ACCORD team met and engaged with important stakeholders in the peacemaking and peacebuilding processes in Sudan.
These included officials from the government of Sudan; the staff of UNMIS and the African Union (AU) in Khartoum; civil society organisations and members from the academic community.
The Peacemaking Unit undertook the consultative field mission to bridge the information and analytical gaps that emerged from the Northern Sudan Civil Society Dialogue Forum that ACCORD hosted in Pretoria, South Africa from 26-28 October 2009. The Unit also took the opportunity to engage the government of Sudan on the various ways in which pro-active interventions can contribute towards peacemaking in Sudan. The other key aim of the Peacemaking Unit was to enhance its partnership with relevant Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) and plan joint peacemaking activities. Additionally, the Unit engaged with the relevant stakeholders from Darfur who are participating in the Doha peace process. The Peacebuilding Unit undertook the field mission to introduce new staff members to key stakeholders in Khartoum, as well as to see and learn about the activities of these stakeholders first hand.
L – R: Beatrice Nzovu (Senior Programme Officer, ACCORD’s Peacebuilding Unit); Wafaa Mohammed Ali Mogbil (Human Rights Organization, Khartoum); The Honourable Minister Dr. Abdelbagi Gailani (State Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Republic of Sudan); Karanja Mbugua (Analyst, ACCORD’s Peacemaking Unit) and Jeremy Taylor (Senior Programme Officer, ACCORD’s Interventions Unit)
Karanja Mbugua and Jeremy Taylor with Academics and University Students in Khartoum, Sudan