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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 january 7th, 2016

january 7th, 2016

Sudan Tribune Op-Ed: "Flour Power: Bread crisis, a cash crunch, and Sudan’s shrinking private sector"

This op-ed was written by NOOW partner Enough Project Senior Advisor Omer Ismail and originally appeared in Sudan Tribune on January 7, 2016.

 

As economists and analysts keep their eyes on Sudan’s growing hard currency shortage and the falling value of the Sudanese pound against the U.S. dollar, many Sudanese consumers have been watching the price and availability of bread in local bakeries and the outcome of a dispute between a major flour supplier and the Sudanese government. The state of Sudan’s currency, its bread, and private sector enterprise has a direct impact on the daily lives of many Sudanese people and provides signals about the tactics and stability of the regime itself. There are signs that the hard currency shortage is driving elites to take over private enterprise and gain control of even the less lucrative markets, including agriculture, in their bid for more cash.

december 15th, 2015

Report: "Deadly Enterprise: Dismantling South Sudan's War Economy and Countering Potential Spoilers"

On the two-year anniversary of the start of South Sudan’s brutal civil war, a peace agreement has been signed and implementation is underway. Yet personal political and economic interests continue to threaten the prospects for peace in South Sudan, as well as the economic future of the country for its citizens. If those spoilers benefiting financially and politically from the continuation of the conflict are not countered, the peace agreement will remain imperiled...

 

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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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