Putting the Community First: New Reintegration and CSAC projects take hold in South Kordofan State

On April 21 2013, UNDP DDR unit in collaboration with the Sudan DDR Commission in South Kordofan state commenced a survey and data collection which will serve as the preparatory stage for the upcoming community-based reintegration projects to be implemented in Dilling locality in the war-torn South Kordofan state.

Following extensive consultations with the local authorities, community members and local NGOs in Dilling locality, the UNDP team came up with proposals that formulate community based interventions alongside community ownership, with the goal of creating sustainable livelihoods not just for ex-combatants but also community members at large.

The team was there to meet with the community members themselves, to consult and discuss their needs and identify their priorities. Meeting with 77 community members at Ma’ak community in Dilling involved introductory orientation sessions to DDR and its aims; the orientation contributed to enlighten community members on the aims of the data collection and the new community reintegration services approach which takes into account value chain analysis, microfinance, natural resources management and potential business opportunities that will both bolster peace and economic opportunities for both ex-combatants and the communities they inhabit by involving private sector at local level.

The team also managed to visit an ongoing Community Security and Arm Control (CSAC) intervention in the locality, stopping in on the newly constructed water yard project in Al matar area in Dilling. The water yard project reaches 5,000 community members actively working to mitigate resource conflict due to the scarcity of water among the neighboring communities.

At a time of continued upheaval and conflict, initiatives like these are crucial for showing an alternative to conflict and violence in South Kordofan state. Community-based initiatives like these give concrete and tangible peace dividends to the people on the ground whose lives are most deeply affected by fighting and tension. As Hamdan Fadilallah, a teacher and head of CSAC committee in Al Matar, remarked to the visiting delegation, “We used to take our animals to distant places for water and our animal owners would get in conflict with other communities members. Now the water is here and with no cost and now, no more conflict as well.”

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