Women participating in a Sida-funded project, here during a meeting on microfinance in eastern Sudan.
Photo: Frederik Frisell/Sida
Our work in Sudan
Sudan is now Africa's third largest country. The country is rich in minerals, including oil. Poverty and regional conflicts, particularly in Darfur, are major challenges. Moreover, the country is affected by recurrent droughts and floods.
Sudan is also among the countries with the highest number of internal refugees in the world. For instance, the situation in Darfur requires large humanitarian interventions. A number of outstanding issues still remain to be solved between Sudan and South Sudan, including the precise land borders between the countries and the status of the oil-rich border region of Abyei.
Cooperation for better results
Sweden's support for long-term development has to a large extent been channeled through the World Bank funds: Multi Donor Trust Fund (MTDF), which is now being terminated. MDTF has contributed to building up the infrastructure in areas such as health and education. About half of our humanitarian aid goes through the Common Humanitarian Fund, CHF.
Support for the peace process in Darfur
Sweden supports a fund administered by UNDP that will contribute to peace and reconciliation in the Darfur region. The fund provides support to local peace initiatives that are implemented by local organisations. Collaborative projects around the community service and natural resource management will also be supported.
Support for UN Women for women’s rights
Women face a difficult situation in Sudan. Circumcision and arranged marriages are common in the northern parts of the country. Strict Sharia laws in certain parts of the country are limiting freedom. The UN’s women’s fund, UN Women, works to educate people on equality and women’s rights. Another target is to strengthen the role of women in politics. UN Women is also driving a development project for women’s right to legal aid together with local women’s organisations. UN Women also aims to strengthen women’s participation in the drafting of Sudan's new constitution.