Project profile — Promoting social cohesion, peaceful seasonal cattle movements and trade in Abyei


2021-09-17 - 2024-03-30
Global Affairs Canada
IFM International Security

Country / region 

• Developing countries, unspecified (100.00%)


• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security: Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution (15220) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to strengthen community-led peacebuilding and conflict resolution mechanisms within the Abyei Administrative Area (AAA). The project focuses on improving the functioning of the Community Court, the Community Peace Committee and the Amiet market. The project also facilitates the peaceful seasonal movement of cattle through the cattle corridors. This improves inter-community relations, trade and livelihoods for herders, traders and the settled population and reduces the potential for violent conflict. Project activities include: (1) training Community Court judges and women councillors on the management of cases involving sexual and gender-based violence, prostitution and juvenile crime; (2) training Amiet Market stakeholders on safe inter-community trade practices; (3) establishing women and youth Community Court subcommittees; (4) training a network of mediators to respond to low-intensity disputes and to signal escalating tensions to the Community Peace Committee; and (5) facilitating peace conferences between Misseriya herders and Ngok Dinka farmers, ensuring the timing of seasonal movements through Abyei’s cattle corridors is agreed . Disputes in Abyei are often inter-communal in nature arising between Abeyi’s two predominant ethnic groupings, the Ngok Dinka and the Misseriya. As a contested area between Sudan and South Sudan, the AAA lacks state-run institutions. Abeyi’s community-led peace infrastructure consists of the Community Peace Committee, the Community Court and the Amiet Market. Each of these entities supports inter-communal relations.. There is an ethnic balance in the composition of the peace committee. The market brings together people from across the area.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of this project include: (1) improved effectiveness and gender-sensitivity of the modified traditional justice institution in Abyei. This is particularly relevant to marginalized sections of Abyei society, including women and youth; (2) enhanced role of women and youth in formal decision making in the Amiet Market; and (3) improved inter-community relations, trade and consequent livelihoods, including for women and between herders, traders and the settled population in Abyei.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $228,519
Transaction Date Type Value
26-06-2024 Disbursement $76,058
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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