Applying Principles of the Social and Solidarity Economy for Reconstruction in Darfur

Abstract - EN

Darfur has been ravaged by genocide, war and environmental destruction for decades. A peace process underway since the signing of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur in 2011 has had limited participation by the local population and not all movements involved in the uprising have signed the agreement. This paper summarises how it may be possible for a global organisation, WAREFUR International Organisation (WIO), consisting of Darfuri refugees living in various diaspora communities, together with members living in urban and rural areas of Darfur (including IDPs), to participate in the reconstruction of Darfur, using the principles of the social and solidarity economy to achieve the SDGs. WIO has prioritised education, restoration of natural resources and raising finance (the emphasis is on the latter in this paper) for reconstruction of destroyed villages and infrastructure, emphasising that these activities must take place within a governance structure that enables widespread participation by all, including women. While there is scope for this to be done at a micro-level, i.e. in individual villages and possibly at the meso-level, i.e. extend it to some districts, extension of SSE principles to the macro-level would require international solidarity, the importance of which has not been sufficiently emphasised in the renewed interest in SSE.

SDGs in this paper:

16. Peace Justice and Strong Institutions17. Partnerships for the goals