SUDAN CIVIL SOCIETY STATEMENT FOR THE OSLO DONOR CONSORTIUM, 2008
(EMBARGED UNTIL MAY 4TH 2008)
This statement is produced in an abnormal situation where the CSOs in Sudan to date failed to get the joint report of the Gnu and the Goss, UN and World Bank to the donors for the last three years. All parties in the NNGOs and INGOs would have had an occasion to raise their views and recommendations on up to date figures and information.
In the absence of this we in the civil society North and South agreed to post our recommendations we reached through consensus representing various social activists in the civil society who came up in the monumental and transparent conference held in Juba(June 2007)by CSOs from both the South and North.
On fact that need to be emphasized is that the processes of peace, good governance and democratization is at risk simply because the CSOs are left out.
The gnu and Goss, relatively speaking stand fast and strong at the gates of the civil space to curb our movement, mobility, and watch dog role and expounding their bureaucratic chains to implement projects.
For this reason the basic needs provision is at stalemate as their eye on privatization of services and the so called cost sharing.
Thus t he poor are left out of the peace dividends.
Poverty is expanding in leaps and bounce and the projects selected by the mdtf are far from the priorities of our people have just come out from a protracted conflict and some parts such Dar Fur are still entangled in the mud of war, conflict and chaos . The CSOs appeal for the consortium to ensure that the resources that are forthcoming for the next three years must be addressing and achieving changes in the following sectors.
1- Basic Freedoms and Human Rights
üDevelop common vision/goal/objective for CSOs in North, South, East and West Sudan to promote basic freedoms & human rights
üPromote and strengthen CBOs at the grassroots levels in Sudan as they are more directly involved with the communities on the ground.
üEstablish and mobilize CSOs/ CBOs in order to build their capacities
üCSOs to lobby for amendments of laws that are restrictive/repressive
üOther means of raising awareness should be explored rather than rely on one mode of creating /raising awareness on issues that affect the community
PeaceBuilding, Dividends And the Right to Security
üSupport for reconciliation and counseling programmes and efforts from both government and partners should be encouraged.
üCSOs should advocate for security and development.
üCSOs need to work and ask for better working space from the government.
üEmpowerment of local NGOs by the government, international NGOs and the international community at large.
üAdvocate & lobby for CSOs empowerment in the Country through campaigns.
üMilitary and security budgets must be reduced to increase resources for rehabilitation and development.
üCivil society work should enhance “a culture of peace” and advocate for the establishment of a reconciliation commission . Reconciliation at community level need much more emphasis
üCSOs to continue playing an active and independent role in the follow up of the implementation of the CPA (Ref. Oslo CSO Statement; We for our part pledge that the Sudanese civil Society will play a full, active and independent role in supporting the implementation of the CPA as watchdogs and advocates and actors. We recognize this as our duty whilst also claiming it as our right).
üAdvocate for stronger involvement of women in reconciliation processes.
üAdvocate for confidence building in GNU; they are not speaking with one voice.
üCapacity building of civil society must be given priority by both government and donors
üAdvocacy and lobby activities should be carried out to influence government policies to be pro- poor.
üConduct research on poverty in the Country.
üAdvocate and lobby for MDGs realization.
üRaise awareness on good governance.
üCBOs should focus on small self-help groups for economic empowerment and information sharing.
üCapacity building for CBOs is very crucial.
üDevelop community resource centres.
üFocus should be put on marginalized and socially excluded groups (e.g. women, children, the physically challenged e.t.c).
üNeed for follow up on conclusion statements and recommendations in CBOs Conferences.
üOil money must reach the grass roots and funds for future generation and environment sustainability must be catered by GNU, GOSS and Oil Companies
11- DEPT RELEIF
The World Bank can't continue as manager for peace dividends provided by the International Donors. We appeal here that the Bank may relief some of our national debt to establish a special fund for implementation of the attached action plan