THEMATIC BRIEF - STRENGTHENING THE RULE OF LAW AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION MECHANISMS
21 December 2021
Durable solutions for the displaced is an integral part of lasting peace in Darfur. The Juba Peace Agreement (JPA) is a key step on the road to peace, but Darfur’s post-conflict environment poses a number of challenges.
Results from the eight studies in Darfur conducted under the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) in 2020–2021 show that the Native Administration and the local committees can play a significant role in mediating conflict especially at the local level, but need support, capacity building and funding to fulfill their mandate.
The overall insecurity and proliferation of weapons impacts their ability to mediate in conflict, therefore support to the police and upholding the rule of law is essential. Local conflict resolution mechanisms involve nomad communities, but Water Committees, tasked with resolving conflict around competing demands for water, need to target nomad involvement. Women and youth also need to be included in conflict resolution processes and peacebuilding to build a broader and more durable constituency of peace actors.