After 50 years of nearly continuous conflict, the north and south sign the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in January 2005. Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir calls the CPA “a new contract for all Sudanese.” Sudan People’s Liberation Movement leader John Garang says, “This peace agreement will change Sudan forever.” Photo by Thomas Mukoya /Reuters

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South Sudan Hosts BRIDGE Trainings

September 2011

IFES recently organized two BRIDGE training workshops in Juba to support domestic decision making and build capacity to manage electoral processes in the post-independence period.

Capacity Building, All Citizen Participation

PHOTO EXHIBIT - Sudan: Conflict, Crisis and Democracy

December 05, 2011

An exhibition of 15 photos that focus on milestones along Sudan’s path to democracy.

IFES Sudan Exhibit Displayed at Congressional Black Caucus Event

September 23, 2011

A meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, D.C., featured several photographs from IFES’ traveling exhibition, “Sudan: Conflict, Crisis and Democracy.”

Democracy Assistance, Post-conflict

South Sudan's Journey to Independence

July 31, 2011

South Sudan joyously celebrated its independence from Sudan on July 9.

A Jubilant Juba on Independence Day

July 27, 2011

I traveled to Juba, South Sudan, earlier this month at the invitation of the South Sudan Referendum Bureau. IFES worked closely with this body over the past several months on the successful January referendum in which residents of southern Sudan chose, almost unanimously, to separate from Sudan.

Post-conflict, Democracy Assistance, Elections

IFES Congratulates the People of South Sudan on Their Independence

July 08, 2011

On July 9, the Republic of South Sudan officially declares its independence from Sudan and becomes the world’s newest nation.


South Sudan Sets Sail

July 07, 2011

After years of struggle and conflict, elation permeates South Sudan as it commemorates its independence on July 9, 2011.

From Juba, Parvinder Singh, IFES’ Acting Country Director in Sudan, tells us of the independence celebrations, the challenges that lie ahead for the world’s newest country, and how South Sudan can solidify its democracy.

All Election Management

South Sudan's Journey to Independence

July 06, 2011

On July 9, the Republic of South Sudan becomes the world’s newest nation. Independence from Sudan is the result of years of conflict, an internationally mediated peace agreement and a peaceful popular vote for separation. Although violence continues throughout Sudan, the January 2011 referendum on independence for South Sudan marks a triumph of the democratic process. More than 97 percent of registered southern Sudanese voters cast ballots to determine their nation’s future. This photo gallery depicts the milestones along South Sudan’s path to independence.

Elections, Post-conflict, Voter Registration

Southern Sudan: Referendum for Secession

January 25, 2011

Sunday, January 9 kicked off a week of voting in Southern Sudan on a referendum to determine whether it will secede from the north. The overall mood was jubilant as citizens fulfilled one of the points established during the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which was signed on January 9, 2005 between the Government of the Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. The CPA expired on July 9, 2011. Final results from the referendum are expected to be released in late January and final results will be made public by February 14, 2011.

Post-conflict, Voter Turnout, Voter Registration

Southern Sudan Registers to Vote in the Referendum

January 13, 2011

An estimated 3.9 million Southern Sudanese registered in November and December 2010 to cast a ballot in the referendum occurring between January 9-15, 2011.  The SSRC has established polling centers in the north and in eight countries (Australia, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, the UK, and the USA) and the SSRB has established polling stations throughout Southern Sudan.  As a key milestone of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the referendum will determine whether Sudan remains unified or if the ten states of Southern Sudan will secede. At least 60% of those registered to vote must cast a ballot for the results to be binding.

Voter Registration, Elections, Civil Society, Democracy Assistance


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