Monday, December 26, 2005

The USAID Takes Over the Work of the UN in Darfur

The USAID is almost doing the work of the UN in Sudan. And I wonder if the UN has decided to pass the buck or to admit the shortcomings of the UN in responding to emergencies until it is too late?

Now read the comprehensive plan of the USAID in Sudan.

USAID Support to the Comprehensive Peace Plan in Sudan


With the peace agreement, long-isolated areas are now accessible. Roads and markets are improving, making trade more vibrant.

The Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement have signed a comprehensive peace agreement including fundamental changes in governance through power-sharing, wealth-sharing, security arrangements, and a formal ceasefire. It is hoped that these changes will provide a framework for resolving conflicts in other unstable areas outside of southern Sudan, most notably Darfur and Eastern Sudan. A peaceful Sudan is important to the United States to promote regional stability in the volatile horn of Africa. Current USAID programs focus on supporting the peace process, democracy and governance, education, health, economic growth, and humanitarian assistance.

Programs Support to the Peace Process

The war has been the central focus of political life throughout Sudan for more than 20 years. To support the peace process in Sudan, USAID activi-ties will seek to establish social and institutional foundations for stability and peacebuilding at the grassroots level in selected conflict-prone com-munities in Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile, and Equatoria provinces. This in-cludes increased access to information through the development of independent media and wide distribution of the peace protocol. Read more...

Responsive and Participatory Governance

Under the peace agreement, southern Sudan will have governing auton-omy within the context of a national unity government. USAID will seek to aid in the establishment of transparent and accountable government struc-tures in southern Sudan. Efforts will be made to support the development of civilian political parties and a vibrant civil society, including a network of organizations that are committed to the empowerment of women. Read more...

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