Search is an international conflict transformation NGO that aims to transform the way individuals, groups, governments, and companies deal with conflict, away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative solutions. Headquartered in Washington DC, USA, and Brussels, Belgium, with 55 offices in 34 countries, Search designs and implements multifaceted, culturally appropriate, and conflict-sensitive programs using a diverse range of tools, including media and training, to promote dialogue, increase knowledge and determine a positive shift in behaviors. Operating in Sudan since 2009, Search has developed and implemented innovative peacebuilding programs in collaboration with local Sudanese NGOs. Our work in Sudan seeks to empower women and other marginalized groups and encourage greater inclusivity in the peace processes and governance in Sudan.
The Project “Strengthening the Political and Peacebuilding role of Women in Sudan’s Transition” (Final Evaluation)
Search in partnership with the Human Rights Initiative (MAMAN), Badya Centre for Integrated Development Services (Badya), Um Serdiba Association for Development (Um Serdiba) are implementing a project which supports building the skills, knowledge, and confidence of an intergenerational group of women leaders to contribute to and lead on peace and political processes at the local and national levels. This 18-month project, supported by the UN Peacebuilding Fund, targets Gedaref, South Kordofan, West Kordofan, and Khartoum and has the overall goal to empower a diverse array of women to meaningfully participate in Sudanese peace and political processes in support of a more inclusive transition.
The study will mainly target the project implementation areas: Gedaref, South Kordofan, West Kordofan, and Khartoum.
The Project “Empowering Women Civil Society Leaders as Peacebuilders” (Baseline Study)
Search in partnership with Um Serdiba Organization for Development, Badya Centre for Integrated Development Services, Cafa Development Organization, Eve Center and Al Hareesat is implementing a 24-month project which emphasizes coalition-building –recognizing the high toll years of divisive politics, long-standing conflict, and political instability have had on women’s collaboration and relationships in peripheral states including South Kordofan, West Kordofan, and Blue Nile. Thus, the project is designed for women of various backgrounds to rebuild relationships and connections locally, across entrenched divides, and then to connect leaders in the targeted peripheral states and the power centre in Khartoum, to strengthen collective action. Recognizing the uncertainty at the national level, this project prioritizes the inclusion of diverse male champions at the local level. This builds on key successes and lessons learned from our previous and ongoing programming which has highlighted the importance of focusing on advancing peacebuilding and strengthening social cohesion at the local level, recognizing that this can often have the most impact on the day-to-day lives of conflict-affected communities, especially in the face of national political uncertainty.
This study will mainly target Blue Nile (Gisan Baw and El-Rosiris localities), South Kordofan (Dilling and Habila), West Kordofan (Greater Lagawa), and Khartoum (to leverage Search’s connections to the national women’s groups).
Search for Common Ground (Search) is seeking a consultant who can carry out a combined study of the end-line evaluation of a project titled: Strengthening the Political and Peacebuilding Role of Women in Sudan’s Transition and a baseline study of a project titled: Empowering Women Civil Society Leaders as Peacebuilders. We are primarily interested in learning how the first project contributed to empowering a diverse array of women to meaningfully participate in Sudan’s peace and political processes in support of a more inclusive transition. Specifically, we would like to evaluate the impact of our project with regard to increasing agency of Sudanese women to participate in political processes and increasing institutional legitimacy at the local, national and international levels in response to the former. For the second project, we would like to gain insights to ensure that we engage the ‘right’ stakeholders, including male leaders with the potential to be receptive to women’s leadership and inclusion, by leveraging learning from Search’s familiarity with the local context and previous projects.
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