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Supporting the consolidation of Sudan’s democratic transformation.


WHY USAID/OTI IS IN SUDAN

Following months of nationwide protests, the establishment of a Transitional Government in August 2019 represents a historic democratic transformation and an opportunity to further U.S. interests in Sudan and the region. OTI’s ability to adapt its programming to shifts in the political landscape as other stakeholders formulate and solidify their plans is crucial during the transition period, as is OTI’s experience working with government, civil society, and media. OTI’s hallmark is flexible and timely support in fluid environments, which 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 will prioritize flexibility to remain responsive to changes in Sudan. Programmatic objectives will also evolve accordingly. The USAID/OTI program will initially focus on supporting the consolidation of Sudan’s democratic transformation by:

  • Enabling the civilian-led government to demonstrate progress on key transition processes;
  • Strengthening civic engagement; and
  • Expanding independent media.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

The initial geographic focus of this program is centered in the capital, Khartoum. As of May 2020, examples of activities under implementation are:

  • Equipping the Prime Minister’s Office with IT and communications equipment to help them convey updates on progress made towards the democratic transition.
  • Supporting the daily cost of printing and distributing 3,100 copies of a local newspaper in Khartoum and 45 locations around Sudan. This newspaper will fill the gap in civic education and provide access to reliable information during the transitional period.
  • Strengthening the ability of the Ministry of Health, an institution at the forefront of a health crisis, to respond to COVID-19. USAID/OTI will equip the Ministry with ambulances to transport patients to and from hospitals and isolation units.
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Last updated: October 01, 2020

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