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Towards a Local Peace: SOS Sahel’s experience of conflict transformation between pastoralists and farmers at El Ain, North Kordofan State, Sudan

Development agencies of all kinds are becoming increasingly aware of conflict as an integral part of natural resource management in the Sahel. This paper examines the question of what roles development agencies could or should play in the context of supporting natural resource management systems, where conflict between different resource user groups is an integral part of resource use. It considers how development agencies can work with existing customary institutions in the current context of institutional uncertainty and complexity. The paper looks at a natural forest management project at El Ain in North Kordofan, Sudan.

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In much of Africa, rural populations depend on access to common property resources such as rangelands and forests for their livelihoods. Securing local rights of access to and management of such resources against encroachment or alienation by national or international actors is key to protecting the livelihoods of local people.

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