A team from ESB’s Civil-Military Coordination Section (CMCS) deployed to Sudan from 29 November to 12 December 2016 to assess the current Civil-Military Coordination approach in the country, including in Abyei, Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile States.The CMCS team facilitated a self-assessment survey with key stakeholders and met with Government interlocutors, UN agencies, INGOs, national NGOs and donors. The team also conducted workshops with UNAMID and UNISFA to raise awareness on CMCoord and to foster the dialogue with peacekeeping military, police and civilian components. Workshops with humanitarians explored alternatives to the use of armed escorts and discussed CMCoord structures adapted to the local context.

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OCHA CMCoord workshop with UNAMID military, police and civilian components, Khartoum, Sudan. Credit: Ronaldo Reario

The main findings of the mission indicate that the disjointed approach towards armed escorts represents a major operational challenge. There is a need for practical humanitarian civil-military coordination guidelines and for CMCoord platforms at Khartoum and State level. Recommendations were presented to the Humanitarian Coordinator and the Humanitarian Country team for consideration.