The Civil Project
The Civil Project (2012-2013) Justice Africa’s Civil Project in South Sudan aimes to strengthen South Sudanese peace and democratic processes through the engagement, support, and promotion of civil society. It articulates an agenda of pluralism, democracy, accountability, social justice, rule of law and human rights, in order to build a coalition of civil forces in South Sudan that can promote and defend this agenda and pave the way to long term peace.
As part of the previous Civil Project programme in 2011, Justice Africa in partnership with civil society in South Sudan convened a national civil society convention with the aim of thinking through civil society’s role in the next stage of the nation’s history. The convention brought together 250 civil society leaders to discuss the challenges of civil society in state-building and to forge a civic agenda.
The civil project for 2012-2013 aims to follow up on the civic agenda agreed upon at the convention through the following components;
- Building the capacity of civil society to address the governance of public and natural resources. This is a three-year programme proposal to support civil society initiatives to promote transparency and accountability in the use of public and natural resources. The programme aims to support and enhance civil society and public monitoring processes in order to realise efficient, equitable and sustainable resource governance, which would allow citizens to benefit from the country’s wealth. This proposal has been developed in consultation with South Sudanese CSOs.
- Supporting civil society efforts towards establishing a pro-people constitution. This project is the initiative of Justice Africa and the South Sudan Law Society. Its overall objective is to enhance the participation of the citizens of South Sudan in the constitution making process through a civil society led, South Sudan wide process. This process intends to promote education and the sharing of information on the constitution and to facilitate a coordinated process of lobbying/advocacy for a pro-people constitution. The project is premised on the conviction that the process of constitution making is equally as important as the final substance and it is therefore necessary that the people are included in this process.
- Institute an effective civil society think tank/discussion forum.
Each component is based on the recommendations put forward by the members of the prospective thematic working groups at the convention. Thus the Civil Project 2012 -2013 is in follow up to and directed by the outcomes of the Civil Society Convention.
The Civil Project aims to ensure that civil society and the general population are supported to take an active role in the on-going momentous political process and transformation of the South. It seeks to enable civil society to play an active role in defending their collective agenda, promoting peace, and a culture of democracy and human rights in the new dispensation.
The expected outcomes of the civil project are:
- The citizens of South Sudan across the country are engaged in a discussion of the future of South Sudan.
- South Sudanese civil society is empowered to support the democratic processes through joint and coordinated activities.
- South Sudanese civil society engage citizens to participate in the constitutional review process.
- Civil society are equipped to address issues of public and natural resource governance.
- The links between civil society in Juba, state level and in the Diaspora are strengthened and advocacy efforts are better coordinated.
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African Union Human Rights Memorial (AUHRM)
Justice Africa in partnership with the African Union is working towards the establishment of a permanent human rights memorial at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The AUHRM is set to be a victim-centered human rights commemorative and education centre.