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Sida's work in Sudan

After half a century of conflict, the people of Sudan face major challenges and widespread poverty. Sida’s development cooperation promotes peace, democracy, respect for human rights and sustainable development, and is contributing to strengthen food security. Sida also works humanitarianly in Sudan.

Sida’s support to Sudan 2020

Progress has been made

First free elections 2024

In the summer of 2019, Sudan took a historic stride towards democracy through the signing of a provisional peace agreement for the transition of power from military to civilian rule. The first free elections are planned for 2024.

Female genital mutilation criminalised

Although female genital mutilation was criminalised in 2020, change takes time. According to the UN, 80% of Sudanese women have been subjected to genital mutilation.

Increased press freedom

The media has greater latitude and according to Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index their situation has improved since 2019, with the country rising from 176th to 150th out of 180 countries.

Challenges remain

Conflicts force people to flee

The drawn-out conflicts have driven millions of people to flee, seeking refuge both within the country and in neighbouring countries. 

Corruption weakening the courts

Respect for the rule of law and the authority of the courts is severely limited, not least due to impunity, widespread corruption and a lack of capacity. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2019 ranks Sudan 173rd out of 190 countries.

Widespread gender-based violence

Sudan faces major challenges in terms of gender equality; child marriage is common, as are sexual and gender-based violence and female 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: 1 July 2021