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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 june 20th, 2016

june 20th, 2016

New Report: How an Illegal Charcoal Trade is Threatening Africa’s Oldest National Park

Today, NOOW partner The Enough Project released its latest report, “The Mafia in the Park: A charcoal syndicate is threatening Virunga, Africa's oldest national park” by Enough Senior Policy Analyst Holly Dranginis.


Follow the jump for a link to the report.

june 16th, 2016

Government of Sudan Continues Policies of Suffering in Darfur

This week, the United Nations verified that at least 80,000 Darfuris fled their homes due to armed conflict near Jebel Marra earlier this year. The total number of displaced may very well be closer to 127,000, but the Government of Sudan refuses to allow U.N. or African Union personnel access to conflict-affected areas, making verification extremely difficult. Indeed, UNAMID, the joint U.N.-A.U. peacekeeping mission in Darfur, struggles to access areas such as Jebel Marra even though it is clearly within its mandate to do so.


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june 15th, 2016

NOOW Partner The Enough Project’s Policy Director Brad Brooks-Rubin Testifies before Congress on US Sanctions Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa

On Wednesday June 8, NOOW Partner The Enough Project's Policy Director, Brad Brooks-Rubin, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, convening for a session on “U.S. Sanctions Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa".


A link to video of his testimony follows after the jump.

june 7th, 2016

Civil Society Groups Call for Greater Governance in Global Diamond Industry

With his divisive and derisive comments concerning civil society at the recent Kimberley Process (KP) mid-year meeting, the 2016 Chair of the KP, Ahmed Bin Sulayem, helped to remind the world of the critical issues facing the diamond industry...


Click through for a link to his comments, as well as a link to a joint statement response from the Civil Society Coalition.

may 24th, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast: "The Paper Tiger in South Sudan: Threats without Consequences for Atrocities and Kleptocracy"

Click through for a link to a policy brief that adapts and expands on congressional testimony board member John Prendergast delivered on April 27, 2016 before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations in a hearing on “South Sudan’s Prospects for Peace and Security.”

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