Realizing women and girls’ human potential in Sudan

Meaningful Societies
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.

The United Nations
“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
Meaningful Societies
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.

SFCG

Search for Common Ground’s (Search) mission is to transform the way individuals, organizations and governments deal with conflict, away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative solutions. 

Read more on Search’s website and access the project report and summary

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