This report provides an overview of the National Dialogue in South Sudan with a focus on citizen
perceptions of the process.
Main recommendations of the report;
To the custodians of the National Dialogue’s outcomes
- Continue to invest efforts into securing the support of the leadership on all sides of the political
divide, including officials in the incumbent government, opposition groups that are now party
to the R-TGONU and non-signatories to the R-ARCSS. Political inclusivity is as important now
as ever. Any additional buy-in that can be secured can contribute to the implementation of the
National Dialogue outcomes.
- Develop plans for civic engagement efforts to raise awareness about the National Dialogue and
its outcomes. The efforts invested into implementing a bottom-up process could be lost if people
are not kept informed about the impact that it has had and lose confidence in the process. Any
such civic engagement efforts should extend to opposition-controlled areas and rural areas where
people may be less aware of the National Dialogue.
- Continue to explore opportunities for coordinating activities with R-JMEC and other
transitional institutions created under the umbrella of the R-ARCSS. Take stock of areas where
the various initiatives and complement and reinforce one another and where they must
be deconflicted and design implementation mechanisms accordingly.
- Proceed with plans to convene an annual national conference to review progress towards
implementation of the National Dialogue’s outcomes.
To the R-TGONU
- Formalize the National Dialogue outcomes through appropriate procedures, including the
enactment of legislation. Establish a robust implementation mechanism and provide it with the
political and financial support necessary to conduct its work.
- Ensure that future transitional processes, including the constitutional development process and
the truth and reconciliation process, study the National Dialogue and learn from its strengths
and weaknesses. Take steps to insulate delegate selection processes from political interference,
include appropriate oversight mechanisms, and invest into increasing their outreach in rural areas.
To civic actors in South Sudan
- Work with the custodians of the National Dialogue to engage citizens on the process, it
outcomes, and the way forward.
- Conduct outreach among national, regional and international policymakers to support the
implementation of the National Dialogue’s outcomes and to ensure that other transitional
processes make maximum use of the lessons learned from the National Dialogue.
To South Sudan’s international partners
- Provide political and financial support to the National Dialogue’s outcomes. The National
Dialogue has provided a wealth of information to begin thinking about what state and nation-building efforts in South Sudan might focus on moving forward. South Sudan’s international partners should incorporate this thinking into their strategies for the country.
- Work with regional mediators and R-JMEC to find ways of maximizing the complementarities
between the National Dialogue and the peace process.
- Support the custodians of the National Dialogue’s outcomes to collate, analyze and promote
the National Dialogue’s recommendations and resolutions among South Sudanese and
other interested parties. Reach out to research institutions and other interested third
parties to study primary source material from the grassroots consultations, regional dialogues,
national conference and other activities of the National Dialogue and process it in a way that can
maximize its utility moving forward. The establishment of a searchable database of the primary
and secondary source material from the National Dialogue could help to facilitate such efforts.
Download the full report here: Citizen Perspectives on the National Dialogue in S Sudan – FINAL