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Supporting the consolidation of Sudan’s democratic transformation.


WHY USAID/OTI IS IN SUDAN

Following months of a nationwide nonviolent movement, the establishment of a civilian-led transitional government in August 2019 represents a historic democratic transformation and an opportunity to further U.S. interests in Sudan and the region. USAID/OTI’s ability to adapt its programming to shifts in the political landscape, while other stakeholders still formulate and solidify their plans, is crucial during the transition period. USAID/OTI’s experience working with governments, civil societies, and the media is also essential. USAID/OTI’s flexibility and timely support in fluid environments is critical to seizing narrow windows of opportunity and responding quickly to contextual shifts and new information.

USAID/OTI’S ROLE IN SUDAN

Recognizing the fluidity of the transition period, USAID/OTI prioritizes flexibility to remain responsive to changes in Sudan. Programmatic objectives will also evolve accordingly. The USAID/OTI program initially focuses on supporting the consolidation of Sudan’s democratic transformation by:

  • Enabling the civilian-led transitional government to demonstrate progress on key transition processes;

  • Strengthening civic engagement; and

  • Expanding independent media.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • USAID/OTI, in close cooperation with key ministries and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), provides technical assistance, skills and needs assessments, and essential commodities to government institutions, and has provided expertise, analysis and equipment to 20 government institutions to date. This included an initial assessment for civil service reform, training for the 18 state government media offices to enable them to facilitate more effective citizen-government communication, and work with the PMO’s Media Communications Unit to counter mis- and disinformation efforts. 

  • USAID/OTI helps Sudan build inclusive economic policy and attract critical international investment after the lift of long-standing sanctions. This includes technical assistance for national-level policymaking, budget preparation, and strategic communications, efforts that lay the groundwork for long term institutional capacity and reform. 

  • USAID/OTI provides rapid response to unforeseen challenges, such as supplying sandbags during historic floods or COVID-19 testing kit supplies during Sudan's second wave. In advance of a spike in prices ahead of Ramadan, USAID/OTI worked to boost production of essential food commodities for Sudanese families.

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Last updated: June 29, 2021

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