The project is intended to build competence of partner institutions to enable them to contribute to building capacities of local authorities for democratic and economic governance and peacebuilding in South Sudan and Ethiopia.
Main partner: University of Juba (Centre for Peace and Development Studies) South Sudan
Noragric project coordinator: Dr. Darley Jose Kjosavik (project leader),
Other staff at Noragric involved: Prof. N. Shanmugaratnam and Dr. Stig Jarle Hansen.
Other partners: Hawassa University (School of Governance and Development Studies) Ethiopia, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Noragric )
Funded by: NORHED programme, Norad.
Project period: 2013-2018
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The newly independent South Sudan has recently emerged from a protracted conflict and is struggling to build institutions and capacities at all levels. The Centre for Peace and Development Studies (CPDS) at University of Juba is acutely aware of the need to develop its capacity to promote durable peace building through training of personnel engaged in post-war reconstruction, development and reconciliation. Similarly, Ethiopia has been going through a transition towards democracy while grappling with challenges of governance and development at different levels. Fragility of local institutions and weak capacity of local authorities are adversely affecting the transitional process. Consequently, there is a strongly felt need for capacity building of University staff and local authorities in the area of democratic and economic governance.
Through its long engagement in the areas of higher education, research and development assignments in these two countries and together with the partner institutions, Noragric, especially the researchers in the core team of this project, has identified capacity gaps in areas of governance with particular reference to development processes at local levels. This includes gaps in capacities for problem identification and analysis, enabling the active participation of people at the grassroots level including women and vulnerable groups (youth and demobilized soldiers) , framing of appropriate interventions, mobilization and sustainable utilisation of resources, and so on. The project is therefore designed to address some of these capacity gaps. To this effect, the project encompasses the following components for capacity building of staff from Juba University and Hawassa University, local officials and women and vulnerable groups in both South Sudan and Ethiopia:
• Capacity building of staff from University of Juba and Hawassa
• Capacity building of local authorities and officials
• Development of Women’s empowerment and leadership
• Conflict resolution and peace building activities in South Sudan
• Institutional and infrastructure development
• Joint research in South Sudan and Ethiopia
Target groups will be:
• Academic staff from University of Juba/CPDS and Hawassa University/SGaDS who will compete and enroll in post-doc, PhD and master programmess as stated above.
• Women in regional parliaments and local bodies of the two countries, and demobilised women soldiers and former female child soldiers in South Sudan who will be trained through different short term programmes; Former BA female graduate students of SGaDS and CPDS who shall be recruited and offered MA training inwith a view to increasing the number of female academic staff; enrolled female master’s degree students of SGaDS, CPDS and other related departments who wish to compete for research funds; female academic staff of partner institutions who intend to pursue shorter training in leadership and experience sharing .
• Local government officials (development policy planners and administrators) who will be enrolled in the Masters and short term programmes.
• Members of Monyomiji (ruling age set) and other traditional/customary institutions who will receive short term training.
• Youth and the demobilized soldiers in South Sudan who will benefit from the different short term training in peace building, leadership and development.