ZOA Sudan was pleased to have EU Ambassador to Sudan, Mr. Robert van den Dool, formally launch the project Sustainable Peace and Resilience in Darfur action, implemented by ZOA in North and East Darfur. With support from the EU, ZOA Sudan with its local partners are contributing to peacebuilding, stabilization and social cohesion efforts in Sudan’s peripheries amidst a time of tremendous political change.
Mr. Robert van den Dool noted: “the idea to contribute to conflict prevention and reconciliation in the two areas, especially during these early days of the transitional period, emerged last year, right after the ousting of the Bashir regime in April. The EU regards it as crucial that not only Khartoum and the other urban centres of Sudan benefit from the ongoing transition, but particularly also the populations in Sudan’s peripheries, as they have suffered most from conflict and marginalization in the past. We reflected on and discussed at length the pressing needs of the periphery and pathways for intervention in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile with many potential partners. These projects are the result of this extensive reflection, analysis and consultation”.
All projects represent a total of 4 million Euro in support for local communities, natural resource management, and creating livelihood opportunities for women and youth in the Sudanese periphery. ZOA’s project works with local communities in their conflict resolution and mitigation efforts, improved natural resource management and to conduct livelihood activities in North and East Darfur.
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