Nov. 28, 2011, 8:28 p.m.
NDI published a report entitled "Building a Nation: South Sudanese Share Their Ideas for the Creation of a Successful State". The report includes opinions expressed about security, state building, Abyei, tribalism, and other topics. The full report can be found here.
For South Sudanese, July 9, 2011, marked the end of one journey filled with conflict and the quest for self-determination and the beginning of a new one that will define their future. This study, based on 67 focus group discussions conducted from March 16-April 6, 2011, with 860 participants across all 10 states in South Sudan, explores public attitudes about the nature of that journey and details participant predictions for its outcome. They articulate aspirations for their new country and share their trepidation about obstacles that could prevent them from building the nation they desire. Issues of tribalism, insecurity, underdevelopment, corruption and government respect for citizens are top of mind for participants, who believe the handling of these key issues will determine the success or failure of an independent South Sudan.