Today as the National Dialogue launches its website and introduces itself to the world on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, we are pausing to reflect on where we’re and where we are going. Much National Dialogue progress has been made since President Kiir called for it in December of 2016. An autonomous structure of participants has taken shape and consultations around the country have already begun. But there’s still a long way to go. What follows are the assessments, ideas, and questions that we who are organizing the National Dialogue have come up with. But the National Dialogue of South Sudan belongs to all of its people; we welcome your answers and your questions. We need your advice.
14 Reflections on National Dialogue Progress
- What are some the confidence-building measures that we still need to put in place in order to gain public support and participation in the National Dialogue processes?
- How best can we improve coverage of the National Dialogue processes to ensure accountabilities, credibility, inclusivity and popular participation by all the stakeholders?
- What should be done to ensure that all the Civil Society Organisations (Women groups, Youth, Traders and Worker’s Union, Chambers of Commerce and other professional Associations) own and fully participate in the National Dialogue process?
- How can we engage the Civil Society Organisations to mobilize the local communities to accept and fully participate in the National Dialogue forums and processes?
- What mechanism does the steering committee need to do or put in place to ensure that all the National Dialogues’ Resolutions (outcomes) are tabled for implementation?
- “What is not said is what divides” (Francis Mading Deng) what can we learn from this and how can we ensure that stakeholders speak freely without hiding anything?
- How can we avoid the mistakes of the other National Dialogue Forums that were organized elsewhere in the world and ensure that SSND is very successful and all the resolutions and outcomes are fully implemented?
- How can South Sudan National Dialogue progress and gain momentum and public support? We did it during the referendum!
- How can we do to place in the National Dialogue to media front in regional and international media houses?
- How can we ensure that Regional and International Communities supports South Sudan National Dialogue?
- So far, what have the members of the steering committees done well, what is not going well and what needs to be improved or how best can we improve that National Dialogue processes be nationally owned, credible, inclusive?
- What can ND do to improve public participation, change the regional and international perceptions about South Sudan National Dialogue?
- What leading roles do you think local media institutions and other media houses play in order to ensure that South Sudan National Dialogue is successfully carried out in South Sudan?
- How can we make the people of South Sudan know/learn that National Dialogue is the best approach to solve all their problems instead of solving it by guns or violent approaches which are very destructive to the Nation?
Editor’s note: these reflections were composed by Vincent Wanga, Deputy Head of Information and Communications for the National Dialogue.