UNEP Sudan plans to implement jointly with UNDP and UN Women, the project entitled “Supporting Sustainable Peace in Blue Nile State through Gender-Responsive Natural Resource Governance, Inclusive Conflict Resolution Mechanisms and Climate-Resilient Livelihoods” with support from the Peace Building Fund (PBF).
The project aims to support and engender the peace process in Blue Nile State by enhancing climate resilient livelihoods options for women, youth and other marginalized groups, improving the local governance of natural resources by ensuring the full and equal representation of women, and strengthening the local conflict resolution mechanisms that underpin the development prospects of all groups. Building on the lessons learned from a pilot conducted by the Joint UN Programme for Women, Natural Resources, Climate and Peace in North Kordofan, the project will promote the empowerment of women change agents, capitalizing on their important roles as natural resource managers and the increased economic and care burdens women face in the post-conflict context.
With the overarching goal of contributing to sustainable and inclusive peace in the Blue Nile State, the proposed intervention will have two main outcomes each linked to two related outputs:
Outcome 1: The socio-economic stability of conflict-affected communities is strengthened through the development of climate-resilient livelihood options for women and other marginalized groups.
Output 1.1: Climate-resilient and sustainable livelihoods options and access to critical socio-economic infrastructure/services provided in selected communities.
Output 1.2: Proactive measures to protect women from natural resource-related violence and enhance access to justice adopted in selected communities.
Outcome 2: Local-level governance and conflict resolution mechanisms are strengthened through inclusive and participatory processes in selected conflict-affected communities.
Output 2.1: Inclusive local governance mechanisms are established within selected communities, which enable the participation of women and other marginalized groups in the planning and management of natural resources, as well as the prevention and peaceful resolution of disputes.
Output 2.2: New channels are established to link local-level peacebuilding processes to the peace process in Blue Nile State.
As convening Agency, UNEP Sudan seeks to engage a Chief Technical Advisor responsible for interagency coordination, project management, technical oversight of UNEP-led activities, and liaison with stakeholders and partners.