The State of Post-conflict Reconstruction

The State of Post-conflict Reconstruction

Land, Urban Development and State-building in Juba, Southern Sudan

Naseem Badiey


James Currey



Traces the dynamics of state-building in Juba, Southern Sudan 2005-2011, revealing how underlying ties of ethnicity and land dominated the actions of the various parties in post-conflict reconstruction and how these may continue to influence power and resource-sharing in the newly independent state of South Sudan.
Naseem Badiey examines the local dynamics of the emerging capital city of Juba, Southern Sudan, during the historically pivotal transition period following the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Focusing on the intersections of land tenure reform and urban development, she challenges the dominant paradigm of 'post-conflict reconstruction' and re-conceptualizes state-building as a social process underpinned by negotiation. Badiey explores local resistance to reconstruction programmes, debates over the interpretation of peace settlements, and competing claims to land and resources not as problems to be solved through interventions but as negotiations of authority which are fundamental to shaping the character of the 'state'.
While donors and aid agency officials anticipated clashes between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) following the CPA, they did not foresee internal divisions that impeded reconstruction in Southern Sudan, raising serious questions about the viability of an independent state. In Juba local elites interpreted the CPA in line with their economic and political interests, using claims to land, authority and political power to challenge the SPLM's agenda for urban reconstruction. In revealing how local actors strategically interpreted the framework of land rights in Southern Sudan, the book offers a basis for understanding the challenges that confront the nascent South Sudan's state-builders and their international partners in the future.

NASEEM BADIEY is Assistant Professor of International Development and Humanitarian Action at California State University Monterey Bay.


August 2014
8 black and white, 3 line illustrations
224 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Eastern Africa Series
ISBN: 9781847010940
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
James Currey
BISAC HIS001000, POL002000, SOC026030
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The dilemma of 'post-conflict recontstruction' in South Sudan
The momemtum of history
'Rebels' and 'collaborators': integration and reconciliation following the CPA
'Land belongs to the community': competing interpretations of the CPA
The unseeing state: corruption, evasion and other responses to urban planning
Local land disputes: informality, autochthony and competing ideas of citizenship
Conclusion: all statebuilding is local


A valuable book for those who want to understand the contemporary dynamics of land issues and reconstruction at large especially in the African context. AFRICAN AFFAIRS

Naseem badiey's analysis will be of strong interest to Sudan scholars as well as academic and policy-oriented students of contemporary state-building efforts. SUDAN STUDIES

(A) refreshing reminder to the aid community about how "experts" and topdown planners can fail abysmally if they fail to pay attention to the local dynamics of an area. Recommended. CHOICE

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