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Stabilizing the South Sudan Pound to Enable Productive Development

Author: Constantine Bartel

Type: Policy Briefs

Date: 29/03/2024


This Brief explores the causes of South Sudan’s spiraling inflation and depreciating currency, as well as the policy interventions needed to stabilize the currency and by extension, the economy. The immediate cause of the crisis is clear: pipeline disruptions due to the ongoing conflict across the border in Sudan have...

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Valorization of Organic Waste through Anaerobic Processes: An Opportunity for South Sudan

Author: Nhial Deng Nhial Kamot

Type: Policy Briefs

Date: 21/03/2024


Anaerobic technology is a biotechnological intervention that has been employed for decades to treat organic waste streams producing methane-rich biogas as a significant energy carrier capable of being turned into electricity and heat. Biogas is an important component of the green energy sources which could partially solve energy crisis in...


This Review assesses the recently passed South Sudan’s National Elections Act, 2023 based on the crucial question of delineating new geographical constituencies ahead of the December 2024 general elections. The Review analyzes the constituency threshold formula proposed by the National Elections Act and uses the suggested calculation guidelines to construct...

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Culture and Constitution-Making in South Sudan

Author: Francis Mading Deng

Type: Special Reports

Date: 26/02/2024


Cultural contextualization of constitutionalism is a pervasive post-colonial challenge in Africa, where operating constitutions remain Eurocentric. Not only are these constitutions European in origin, but the normative ideals they embody were not applied even by the colonial governments who bequeathed them to the independent African states.


Recently the Council of Ministers of the Republic of South Sudan passed the country’s first land policy that says the “land shall belong to the people of South Sudan and shall be regulated by the government.” This has created emotional debates and contestations among citizens as it goes against the...

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Operationalizing the 2023 National Elections Act: Opportunities and Challenges

Authors: Joseph Geng Akech, Luka Biong Deng Kuol

Type: Weekly Reviews

Date: 24/10/2023


This Weekly Review assesses the South Sudan’s National Elections Act, 2023. This is paramount because the upcoming elections are crucial for democratic consolidation in the country. Time, however, is running out as there are only 14 months left before the elections are supposedly held.

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The 2021 Population Estimation Survey: Scientific, Political, and Policy Implications

Author: Augustino Ting Mayai

Organization: The Sudd Institute

Type: Weekly Reviews

Date: 11/04/2023


On Thursday, April 6, 2023, South Sudan’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and other agencies, released what it calls Population Estimation Survey results (PES), putting the population at 12.45 million.

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On Navigating the Roadmap: A Path Towards Democratization and Prosperity

Authors: Joseph Geng Akech, James Alic Garang, Augustino Ting Mayai

Type: Weekly Reviews

Date: 28/02/2023


On Tuesday, February 21, 2023, the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) issued a Press Statement. It provided an update to the public, the region, and diplomatic community on the status of the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), while...

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How will the ‘permanent’ constitution be adopted?

Authors: Joseph Geng Akech, Peter Garang Geng

Type: Weekly Reviews

Date: 20/02/2023


This Weekly Review is part of the know your constitution series launched by the Sudd Institute’s constitutional law researchers. It summarizes the stages, principles, and mechanisms of constitution-making as stipulated under the Constitution-Making Process Act, 2022.

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Pope Francis’s Visit to South Sudan and its Significance

Authors: James Alic Garang, Augustino Ting Mayai

Type: Weekly Reviews

Date: 14/02/2023


The three-day papal visit to South Sudan, from February 3-5, 2023, is both historic and humbling. Taken as such, there is every reason to believe that it has symbolically and tangibly done some good to our beloved citizens, national leaders, and the country.

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