November 30, 2010

Conference Details

The International Donors and Investors Conference for East Sudan, takes place in Kuwait.

Visit the conference site.

Download the agenda. One page

Get the project list. 119 pages, 644 kb.

UPDATE: December 1. Some video has been uploaded at the site.

November 28, 2010

Khartoum celebration before Donor Conference

Khartoum, Nov. 27 (SUNA)ali osman - suna 

Vice-President of the Republic Ali Osman Mohamed Taha in the presence of Mr. Musa Mohamed Ahmed, Assistant of the President of the Republic, Dr. Mustafa Osman adviser of the President , Engineer Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid Minister of Interior and the leaders and citizens from eastern Sudan in the national capital attended the evening celebration of heritage and development

The celebration was organized by the members from eastern Sudan in the national theater in Omdurman in anticipation for the convention of the Donors Conference in Kuwait scheduled for the first and second of December. Assistant of the President of the Republic Ustaz Musa Mohamed Ahmed has described the Eastern Sudan PeaceAgreement as an example of the Sudanese Sudanese dialogue, praising in the same time the close follow-up by the President of the Republic beside Vice-President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha presiding the high committee for the implementation of the agreement. 

The Assistant of the President of the Republic commended the internal and external efforts exerted by Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, Advisor of the President and the official of Eastern Sudan file in order to prepare for this conference in addition to the Eritrean leadership and people cooperation , he added that the Eastern Sudan Development and Construction Fund made a great effort since its inception, particularly in the field of service delivery and infrastructure, which helped to meet the needs of the people of eastern Sudan. He said that the agreement has created chances for international cooperation with countries, organizations and partnerships in the field of investment which lead to the donor conference for Eastern Sudan to be held in Kuwait next December. 

Ustaz Musa Mohamed Ahmed called upon the investors and donors to respond to the aspirations of the people of Eastern Sudan in progress and development, stressing that Kuwait's hosting of the Conference had not been surprising where their contributions to the ongoing development of the East did not stop. He also praised distinctive role played by the United Nations Development Programme for the preparations made for the donor conference.

Sourced  from: SUNA

November 22, 2010

Donor Conference - coming up

A Netherlands based media source has a small article about the coming conference in Kuwait. They note that over 50 countries and agencies will be there, and that projects valued at 4.2 billion dollars are to be looked at.

UPDATE: November 25. Preparatory meetings between the various nations attending have been held in Khartoum. Representatives from the Governments of United States, Great Britain, European Union, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Italy, Turkey, France, Canada, Sweden, Japan and South Korea attended today’s consultation. Additionally, travel restrictions in the eastern region of the country have been removed.

UPDATE: November 28. Hopes are up that many organizations will participate.
UPDATE: November 30. The Conference begins tomorrow. Kuwait will be hosting the donors and investors conference for East Sudan on December first with the event held under the auspices of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

UPDATE: November 30. A French News agency provides a good description of the conference.

UPDATE: December 1. Info from a Sudanese media source. The conference seeks to focus on the need of the area of eastern Sudan for investment opportunities , and aims to attract funds and investments that will contribute to the common interest of all parties in reconstruction, rehabilitation and development of eastern Sudan. A conference organizer, Dr. Mustafa Osman Isamil, spoke at a press conference last week.

UPDATE: Found on January 1, but written December 2, describing the hopes of various Kuwait officials before the conference.

November 20, 2010

Training Pastoralists in Kassala State

A pilot project was held in October 2008 by PENHA, the FAO, the United Nations and Oxfam Netherlands.

About 30 pastoralists were introduced to new feeding techniques. By closely chopping mesquite pods, sorghum and sesame cake, along with urea and molasses, the animal's diets could be improved. Results showed increased milk yields and better animal health and weight. Participants were given hand operated table size choppers.

November 1, 2010

Donor Conference a month away

Various Arab-based organizations and Middle Eastern nations will gather in Kuwait in early December to examine ways and means to support Sudan's efforts to implement the Eastern Peace Agreement. This will enable development programs in health and education to move ahead.

Some Beja fear being marginalized again because the donor groups are not Beja. The Rashaida tribe lives in the same region, but without rights to land. They have Arabic roots, having migrated into Egypt in the mid 1800's, and south into Bejaland through the 1900's. The Beja fear is that Arab- based donors will assist their distant cousins the Rashaida, at the expense of the Beja. will search out results from the Donor Conference and publish them here as they become available.

UPDATE: For a discussion and comments about the conference, look at