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march 14th, 2018

The Key to Making Peace in Africa: Fighting Corruption Can Help End Conflict


Note: This piece originally appeared in Foreign Affairs, and was written by George Clooney and John Prendergast.

In December 2013, competing factions of South Sudan’s ruling party plunged the country into a horrific civil war as they fought over the spoils of the world’s newest state. Now in its fourth year, the conflict has ravaged the economy, resulted in tens of thousands of deaths, brought hundreds of thousands to the brink of famine, and displaced more than four million people, making this Africa’s largest refugee crisis since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. And yet, amid all the suffering, a small clique of government elites and their cronies inside and outside South Sudan have benefited financially from the fighting, siphoning off the country’s oil wealth and storing the money in their private bank accounts and in luxury real estate in neighboring countries.

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march 5th, 2018

Fueling Atrocities: Oil and War in South Sudan


Note: This brief was originally published on The Sentry.


South Sudan’s elite is using the country’s oil wealth to get rich and terrorize civilians, according to documents reviewed in an ongoing investigation by The Sentry.

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last updated december 1st, 2015

december 1st, 2015

Report: "Kleptocracy in Khartoum: Self-Enrichment by the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party"

The 26 years of rule by the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party (NIF/NCP) regime in Khartoum have been marked by extraordinary levels of graft, corruption, cronyism, and outright theft of national wealth. The regime has adapted to changing circumstances with remarkable skill...


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november 24th, 2015

Study Calls for More Effective Use of Natural Resource Sanctions by UN

A new study by the NGO Security Council Report calls for “more effective use of natural resource sanctions” by the United Nations.


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november 23rd, 2015

Sudan Tribune Op-Ed: "Beyond the Facades of Khartoum: The rise of Sudan’s ‘nouveau riche’ and increased economic disparity"

This op-ed was written by NOOW partner Enough Project Adviser Suliman Baldo and initially appeared in Sudan Tribune on November 22, 2015.


As Sudan loses skilled professional workers, in Khartoum, a privileged minority grows richer, living in opulence and purchasing luxury goods with money from the state or income from remittances sent from abroad. This essay examines what has been gained and lost—and by whom—finding that the finances and quality of life have declined for an impoverished majority as the remnants of a former proud middle class slide into obscurity.


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november 23rd, 2015

Sudan Tribune Op-Ed: "Exodus from Sudan: The flight of human capital and the growth of a parasitic economy"

This op-ed was written by NOOW partner Enough Project Adviser Suliman Baldo and initially appeared in Sudan Tribune on November 21, 2015.


Sudan’s skilled and professional workers, who could repower industry and commerce in Sudan if they had access to opportunities and an environment with greater economic production, are instead leaving in droves to seek better jobs in Persian Gulf countries. This essay examines what they’ve taken and what they’ve left behind, finding that the shrinking middle class and the skilled workers who remain in Sudan struggle in their daily lives as a new consumer class has emerged.


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november 18th, 2015

South Sudan Justice Minister Acknowledges Existence of Corrupt Government Officials

South Sudan’s Minister of Justice Paulino Wanawilla recently acknowledged the existence of corrupt officials in the Ministry of Justice, as well as throughout the government. This is a significant statement highlighting the pervasive nature of corruption in South Sudan. In a recent article, the Sudan Tribune quotes the Minister as saying, ““I know in South Sudan corruption is not in one place, but it’s very sad when everybody is stealing.”


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