Realizing women and girls’ human potential in Sudan
Improving vulnerable women and girls’ access to multi-sectoral development in Sudan
With Sudan still ranking as the 138th state out of 162 countries in the Gender Inequality Index, millions of women face economic and political exclusion. These challenges are especially exacerbated amongst refugee women. As such, changing perceptions and attitudes, and ensuring vulnerable women and girls have access to opportunities is a long-term effort, which can only be achieved by involving local stakeholders and civil society organizations currently playing an active role in the development of their communities and their country.
“Women in Sudan can face significant economic and political exclusion. Ensuring vulnerable women and girls access to opportunities to realize their full human potential is a long-term effort. And it can only be achieved by involving and supporting local actors and organizations that are already playing an active role in the development of their communities and Sudan.”
– Sofia Terragni, Senior Associate at Voluntas
Providing Insights on Women-Centered Programming
Since 2018, Search for Common Ground (Search) in Sudan has implemented the three-year Maa Baaad Namo/We Grow Together project in collaboration with five local partner organizations. The project focused on increasing the capacity, networks, and opportunities of Sudanese civil society organizations to improve vulnerable women and girls’ access to multi-sectoral development. Project activities took place in five states in Sudan: West Kordofan, South Kordofan, Blue Nile, Gedaref, and Kassala.
Voluntas carried out the final evaluation of the project through an in-depth review of programmatic documentation, a listenership survey in selected target locations, by interviewing partner and local civil society organizations, staff, government, and media representatives, involved in the project as well as discussing with local communities.
Fact-based recommendations and action points to strengthen female multi-sectoral development in Sudan
Based on the findings of the final evaluation, Voluntas advised Search on lessons learned and fact-based recommendations to further enhance programming activities focused on supporting women and girls’ access to multi-sectoral development opportunities in the country.
Meaningful collaboration with TATA Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
On 10th January 2023 Voluntās and the Center for Applied Meaningfulness took a giant stride towards establishing meaningful academic collaborations in India when signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tata Institute of Social Sciences – Asia’s oldest school for professional social work.
Bridging Academia and Meaningfulness in the MENA region
On September 15th, 2022, Voluntas and the Arab Master’s program in Democracy and Human Rights, “Global Campus – Arab World” signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), laying the foundation for a new era of cross-sector collaboration in the MENA region.
The world’s most human university with meaningfulness on the curriculum list
Esbjerg wants to create the world’s most human university with a central focus on education, human development and a high degree of belonging.
Voluntas and the star architect company Bjarke Ingels group are supporting the project.
Based on Morten Albæks philosophy of a meaningful life, the students must embark on an educational journey based on becoming self-realized people who master their encounters with life’s coincidences, opportunities, and challenges.