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09 Oct 2017 description

As key players in contemporary conflicts, many armed non-state actors provide services to civilians in order to win legitimacy in their areas of control. Sometimes the civilian population comes to rely on them rather than the state for services. A more nuanced approach to engaging with armed groups is therefore vital in order to resolve conflicts.

02 Apr 2013 description

Launch of new DDR programme calls for renewed debate on ensuring security in South Sudan

14 Oct 2011 description

Coaching and mentoring for governance capacity in the world's newest state

'Coaching and mentoring for capacity' has become a popular approach to civil servant capacity building in fragile states. In South Sudan, the 'IGAD Initiative' is currently deploying 200 coaches and mentors to South Sudan from Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. The African Union has pledged to deploy up to 1000 additional coaches and mentors drafted from various African countries.