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Sida's work in Sudan

The negative political developments in Sudan since the military coup of 2021 are hitting the whole society hard: people's security, human rights and the economy. Poverty is on the rise. Sida supports the Sudanese population, and adapts its work according to the impact of political developments on our partner organisations.

Sida’s support in Sudan

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Progress has been made

Widespread popular protests

Despite serious risks and increased violence from the military, people continue to protest and fight for democracy and human rights.

Female genital mutilation criminalised

Female genital mutilation was criminalised in Sudan in 2020, but 27 % of girls under 14 are still subjected to this practice.1

Challenges remain

47 %

of the population lives in poverty. In the hard-hit region of Darfur the figure is 70 %. 2 The military coup has led to more people being forced to leave their homes and humanitarian needs have increased dramatically. Sudan is ranked 170th out of 189 countries in the UNDP’s Human Development Index.3

Economic crisis

Escalating economic crisis combined with increased displacement means more people are living in poverty. More than 15 million people have insecure access to food.4

Major gaps in gender equality

Sudan faces major challenges related to gender equality. Child marriage is common, as is sexual and gender-based violence and genital mutilation.

Two types of aid in Sudan

In Sudan, Sida implements development cooperation to contribute to long-term development of the country. We also provide humanitarian assistance to save lives and alleviate suffering in emergency situations.

Updated: October 4, 2022