The Forum is an academics and researchers-led think tank and advocacy group for good governance, poverty reduction, and conflict prevention in South Sudan, and East African region. The Forum’s objects include:
o Promoting awareness and encouraging economic and socio-cultural studies and scholarship on contemporary issues confronting South Sudan people, their history, cultural heritage, social and political development and the way forward as a new born nation-state and country.
o Promoting public policy research, analysis and development in the areas of economic, civil and socio-cultural rights challenges to the development of South Sudanese state and society.
o Promoting mutually beneficial relationships (partnerships) with government, industry, civil society organizations and other cultural, research and academic institutions in South Sudan and abroad with similar aims and interest.
o Contributing to shaping of development agenda and identification of priorities
o Promoting the indigenization of development process
o Fostering a culture of intellectual innovation, creativity and knowledge generation among South Sudanese academics and researchers
o Contributing to professional and institutional capacity building
The conference was attended by representative of media houses, NGOs and civil society organizations such as Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Norwegian Church Aid, and Justice Africa.
Dr. John A. Akec
Chairperson of Provisional Committee