Better ways to build peace and resilience in South Sudan

For decades South Sudan has experienced recurrent violence – this report explores conflict drivers and focuses on peace solutions.

Against a backdrop of protracted conflict and civil war, South Sudan has experienced a series of stop-start peace processes. Innovative approaches are now needed at national and local level to address the root causes of violence. This report synthesises the findings of the Network for Innovative Resilience-Building in South Sudan. It shows the importance of understanding conflict drivers and focusing on longer-term peace outcomes. Gaps in knowledge, evidence and learning are also identified.

About the authors

Caitriona Dowd is an Assistant Professor in Security Studies at Dublin City University. Her research focuses on conflict and humanitarian crises and she has a PhD from the University of Sussex.

Liezelle Kumalo is a Researcher in the Peace Operations and Peacebuilding programme at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria. She has a Master’s degree in international relations.

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Development partners
The research conducted in this report was funded by the Irish Research Council and Department of Foreign Affairs under a New Foundations 2019 grant. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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