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Sudan Competition Awards $260,000 to 13 Projects

Thirteen of 57 finalists at Sudan’s Development Marketplace competition, held August 21-22 in Khartoum, won $260,000 in grants to carry out projects addressing the theme "Towards an Inclusive Sudanese Society."

Sudan competition

A finalist at the Sudan competition explains her project.

Kosti Manibe, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs in the  Government of National Unity, presented the awards and said that “civil society is instrumental in energizing” the country’s peace process.

The competition received 523 proposals from all corners of Sudan. It aimed to identify pro-poor and pro-peace initiatives working towards consolidating peace and implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

Winning projects – to be implemented in Khartoum, southern Sudan, Darfur and the eastern part of the country – range from promoting a culture of peace through rural radio to clarification of water sources in remote villages and pumping water to reservoirs by using solar energy.

“These proposals proved that the Sudanese have very clear ideas of what they want to do to improve the quality of their life,” said World Bank Sudan Office Manager Asif Faiz.

Awards are funded by the World Bank, the Netherlands government and DFID.

This is Sudan’s second Development Marketplace competition. The first -- held in 2004 in conjunction with Ethiopia -- awarded $504,000 to 41 winners addressing a theme of improving sustainable livelihoods.

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