Building an architecture for peace, clarifies roles and responsibilities of local peace actors between Sudan and South Sudan

Authors: IGAD
Date: 2019


The western corridor is the western-most of the three main grazing corridors used by the Fiyareen clan of Arabic-speaking cattle-herding Missiriya of the state of South Kordofan in Sudan. In the past, access to natural resources and conflict resolution was regulated by customary laws within the traditional tribal system. This helped to maintain and strengthen peaceful coexistence and conflict resolution between the two communities. However, in recent years the local peace effort has not been honoured, leading to the agreement being dishonoured and frequent outbreaks of violence. With support from AECOM, USAID, and the office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, United States Institute of Peace (USIP) managed to identify a successful process that will build two elements critical to any stable society, trust and accountability. The process focused on dialogue and building social cohesion at grassroots level, contributing to wider sustainable peace initiatives and livelihood improvement.