SUDAN AT A CROSSROADS: Towards a Vision for the Future & Youth Empowerment السودان في مفترق طرق: نظرة للمستقبل و تمكين الشباب

SUDAN AT A CROSSROADS: Towards a Vision for the Future & Youth Empowerment السودان في مفترق طرق: نظرة للمستقبل و تمكين الشباب


Saturday 14th January 2017 from 13:45 to 16:20  – VENUE & DIRECTION

13:30-13:45     Arrival
13:45-15:15     Session One
15:15-15:30     Break
15:30-16:20     Session Two

Target audience Academic, professionals, research, youth, NGOs, civil society groups, businesses, and other stakeholders.

Focus Sudan

World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD)
UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY)
Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex
Centre for Innovation Management and Enterprise (CIME), University of East London (UEL)
Sudan Knowledge (SK)
Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI)

Role of Diaspora in Technology Transfer and Achieving Sustainable Development in SudanThe Sudanese diasporic community is relatively large and has a significant impact on Sudan development on account of the size and volume of financial remittances. However diasporic contribution is largely neglected within national sustainable development policy and strategies in Sudan. Therefore the main aim of this debate is to ensure Sudan is benefiting from its Diaspora (particularly youth) towards the vision for the future and involve them directly in formulating the objectives and desired outcomes of any policy, and the best means of achieving them in Sudan. Moreover the debate will also explore the role of the government, academic and research institutions as well as the private sector as recommended by the World Bank’s World Development Report 2016 to enable Sudan reap the digital benefits form the global growth in the digital jobs and knowledge economy particularly for the country’s digital natives (youth). 


From bread-basket to knowledge economy: what should government do for its digital natives and YOUTH empowerment! 
Allam Ahmed, President WASD, Founder Sudan Knowledge and Director MEKEI, UK (Chair)
من سلة الغذاء للاقتصاد المبني علي المعرفة: ما هو دور الحكومة تجاه تمكين أبنائها من الاستفادة من عالم التقنيات
علام النور عثمان أحمد، رئيس المنظمة العالمية للتنمية المستدامة، مدير معهد الشرق الأوسط للاقتصاد المبني علي المعرفة و مؤسس منصة السودان للمعرفة، المملكة المتحدة

An overview of the current economic situation in Sudan
Mohamed ElNair, Associate Professor of Accounting, Almughtaribeen University and Sudan University of Science & Technology, Sudan
نظرة عامة عن الوضع الاقتصادي الراهن في السودان
محمد الناير محد النور، أستاذ المحاسبة المشارك بجامعتي المغتربين والسودان للعلوم والتكنولوجيا، السودان

Whole system approach to health care planning in the Sudan 
Mayada Abu Affan, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, West Midlands and Honorary Lecturer, University of Birmingham, UK 
طرح متكامل لتخطيط النظام الصحي في السودان
مياده ابوعفان، استشاري الصحة العامة و طب المجتمع، حكومة ددلي المحلية بيرمنجهام، المملكة المتحدة

The role of the manufacturing sector in the future of Sudan 
Adil Dafa’Alla, Specialist, Aero Data for Loads, Airbus UK, UK
دور قطاع الصناعة في مستقبل السودان
عادل أحمد دفع الله، اخصائي بيانات الأحمال الجوية، شركة ايرباص البريطانية، المملكة المتحدة

Anti-corruption: assets tracing and recovery in international law, case study of Sudan
Nagi Idris, Director, London Centre of International Law Practice, UK
القانون الدولي ومحاربة الفساد: خيارات ملاحقة واسترداد الأموال المسروقة، دراسة حالة السودان
ناجي إدريس، مدير مركز لندن لممارسة القانون الدولي، المملكة المتحدة

The ethnic conflict in Darfur and the motives of the participating parties 
Nagmeldin Karamalla-Gaiballa, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of WarsawPoland
الصراع في إقليم دارفور في سياق ندرة الموارد الطبيعية والتخلف الاقتصادي والتنموي ودوافع الأطراف المشاركة فيه
نجم الدين كرم الله، زميل في معهد الإثنولوجيا والأنثروبولوجيا الثقافية، جامعة وارسو، بولندا

Democratic transition in Sudan: challenges and lessons learned from some African and Arab countries 
Ahmed Hussain Adam, Visiting Fellow, Cornell University Institute for African Development and Former Visiting Scholar and Co-Chair of the Two Sudan Project, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University, York, USA
الانتقال الديمقراطي في السودان: التحديات والدروس المستفادة من تجارب بعض الدول الأفريقية والعربية
أحمد حسين آدم،
زميل زائر بمعهد التنمية الأفريقي بجامعة كورنيل، الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية

Youth perspective and reflection
Basma Khalifa, International Fashion Journalist, UK (Discussant)
وجهة نظر ومناقشه عامة من منظور الشباب
بسمة خليفة، صحفية دولية متخصصة في الموضة، المملكة المتحدة (مناقش)

Reconnecting Universities with the Discourse of Sustainable Inclusive Growth in SudanSudan is at a crossroads facing many crisis and vulnerabilities such as economic and monetary crisis; nearly half of Sudanese live below the poverty line and 3 million children starving; wars and fighting in most parts of Sudan including Darfur; health inequalities with high prices for medicine; deteriorating education system; immigration and terrorism; environmental problems particularly energy including the loss of more than 70% of oil resources in Sudan following the declaration of South Sudan independent in 2011; high levels of unemployment particularly among the youth; international sanctions led by the US; and many other problems and challenges. Faced with all of these problems, it is not surprising that for many people it is becoming very hard to be optimistic about Sudan’s future.

Moreover, the debate which is a follow up on the Third International Diaspora Conference held at the University of East London in the period 25-26 July 2016, is an excellent opportunities to report the various views and contribution of the Sudanese Diaspora in the UK and other parts of the world on the future development of their country of origin. It is hoped that the debate will be a good opportunity for students, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, ordinary citizen to reflect on the recent situation in Sudan.


<b>Sustainability Debate Series</b>

This multi-disciplinary debate is part of our Sustainability Debate Series aims to provide the participants the opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences from all over the world on major global issues; the emphasis is on the importance of evidence-based planning to overcome the challenges facing global efforts to achieve a sustainable future. For more details watch presentations from WASD’s previous events.

Food Security in SudanJoin us for this exciting debate, where international experts and high level Diaspora from the public and private sectors will give their views on the critical situation in Sudan and how the Diaspora can contribute to shaping the future of Sudan. During the debate the panel will answer questions posted by the participants, please send your question for the panel to the debate coordinator Olivia Allen ( by the 10th of January 2017.

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