First Category Prize 2016:
For projects by UN, international and regional organizations.
|The Project:||Enhancing Voluntary Return and Peace-building in Darfur States.(Selected winner from 9 projects).|
|Prize Amount:||US$ 200,000|
|Implemented by:||Qatar Charity-Sudan Office. https://www.qcharity.org/en/qa/|
|Prize subject:||Innovative projects that support the developing countries’ programs & polices for the empowerment and social integration of refugees and internally displaced people.|
|Nominated By:||Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities – Sudan|
The project is part of the Qatar Initiative for Darfur Development, seeking to enhance the peace process in the Darfur states of Sudan (one of Qatar’s obligations in the peace treaty signed between the Government of Sudan and opposition factions). The basic objective of this initiative is to assist and encourage displaced persons and refugees in Darfur to return on a voluntary basis to their villages, by providing basic services such as education, health, security and water, as well as providing employment and economic empowerment opportunities and enhancing social harmony.
The project submitted to AGFUND has been implemented in Bulbul Tembesko, South Darfur State, between November 2012 and May 2014. The implementing agency is Qatar Charity-Sudan Office. Qatar Charity was founded in 1992, with a focus on sustainable development, the fight against poverty and emergency disaster relief. It works in more than 70 countries around the world, with field offices in 30 countries. It has more than 500 local, regional and international partners, including more than 300 local civil society organizations.
The Qatar Charity office in Sudan opened in 1994. Its programmes in Sudan concentrate on areas including: support for women, families and children; water and sanitation; education; relief and response to disasters; health; and economic support for poor families. The total budget disbursed between 1999 and the end of 2015 amounted to US$ 80 million.
Qatar Charity played a key role in implementing the Qatar Initiative for Development in Darfur, including the implementation of all components in Bulbul Tembsko.
The five main objectives of the project have been: (a) motivating IDPs to repatriate voluntarily, when conditions allow, by enhancing awareness of this option and ensuring basic conditions, especially security (b) rehabilitating the villages of origin by providing the most important basis services that repatriated persons need, such as education, health, water sanitation, employment and psychological stability (c) revitalizing the local economy and enhancing employment opportunities for returning populations, seeking to enable them to create feasible income-generating activities based on the nature of the regional market and help strengthen food security in the region (d) introducing a set of appropriate technological alternatives that would rationalize use of natural resources in the region, and (e) strengthening humanitarian diplomacy efforts to rebuild the social fabric and support social peace in Darfur, by strengthening the role of local organizations and civil society, strengthening the positive role of traditional authority, and reviving customs and traditions of cooperative work, such as cooperatives, among others.
The target beneficiaries are displaced persons from Bulbul Tmbisku in South Darfur. This unit was chosen for programme implementation, as a displacement area with large numbers of people displaced through tribal and other conflicts. Many basic services were destroyed or neglected as a result of civil war, leading to significant displacement of people in this region as in other regions of Darfur.