Lesson: Economic Development in South Sudan

Module Intro

The Comprehensive Peace Agreement ending the war between the Government of Sudan and the Southern People's Liberation Army was signed in January 2005. With this peace, wealth sharing, NGO and donor generosity, and a growing diaspora abroad, southern Sudan might experience rapid economic development. But there are, however, a host of challenges, most important being the absence of institutions of governance and extremely low literacy. This module places development in southern Sudan in the context of theories of human-centered development, providing an understanding of the important choices about economic and sectoral policy, the advantages and disadvantages of a market economy, the role of public goods such as schooling and infrastructure, and the central role of finance in development. Teachers and students gain an appreciation of the immense disparities between their material lives and those of people emerging from war-torn southern Sudan.


Intriguing Questions

    1. Will the region of South Sudan end up as another corrupt oil exporter?
    2. What is the most effective way to reduce poverty in South Sudan?
    3. How can the impact of government and donor spending in South Sudan be measured?
    4. What is happening in the private sector in South Sudan?

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This teaching module is coordinated by Michael Kevane, Associate Professor of Economics at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.

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Resource created by the Understanding Sudan project.


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Multimedia Resources



    • Economic Development in Southern Sudan Dr. Yongo-Bure is at Kettering University. Filmed in August 2006. This video is also available on YouTube.
    • Education in Southern Sudan Benaiah Yongo-Bure, Kettering University, speaks on education policy in Southern Sudan after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Filmed March 2006, Bergen, Norway.
    • Sudan and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement Douglas Johnson, author of The Root Causes of Sudan's Civil Wars, discusses the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan, implications for Darfur, the Abyei protocol, and the importance of southerners in Khartoum. Filmed March 2006, Bergen, Norway.
    • Sudan: The Break-Up. Jamie Doran produced a special three-part documentary series exclusively for Al Jazeera on the break up of Sudan. 1) History of a broken land; 2) Fight for the soul of the North; 3) Fight for the heart of the South. Originally broadcast in June - July 2011.





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