Trustbuilding and social innovation for South Sudan

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Published on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 22:03
Written by Miyar De'nyok
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Juba, South Sudan - As the state of the Republic of South Sudan is moving toward state building, human resources capacity-building, establishment of participatory democracy, and development oriented focus, it becomes apparent that achieving all these, need the present of peace, social innovation, knowledge, and trustbuilding in order to accomplish the dream of nationbuilding and economic construction. South Sudanese have completed phase I – (protracted civil war), which was the state of hardship, underdevelopment and marginalization during the civil war revolution. What is needed now is the exploitation of resources and national healing processes. Therefore, trustbuilding and social innovation is very essential to the achievement of peace, justice, prosperity and democracy.

Trustbuilding is the act of having mutual relationship among the parties who are working on common goals, visions, and missions. The citizens need to honestly work toward engaging in national trustbuilding through dialogue on social, economic and political forums that voice the need for achieving trustbuilding and sustainable peace. Pertaining to national economic, social, and political democratic realization, our nation needs national healing processes. Healing will break the walls of mistrust that are ingrained into our citizens thinking visions on services rendering to our communities. The citizens see them in terms of tribes, ethnicities and communities. The mistrust and division our citizens have developed over the years are hurting the growth we would love to see our nation growing and moving to the right democracy. The Republic of South Sudan should create forum of national dialogue and trustbuilding forum so that citizens and our national leaders have innovative ideas that will sharpen the spirit of justice and constructive criticism for foreseeable changes.

As the state is moving toward social, economic, political liberalization and human resources capacity-building, social innovation becomes very crucial in advancing the statehood potent stability and development. Social innovation simply refers to new strategy frameworks, building new ideas and concepts, and organizations of social services toward community stewardship that align with the 21st century technology and innovative competition. The state of South Sudan is very fortunate to be the newest state in the 21st century as well as blessed with abundant resources. The resources South Sudan possesses are very enormous; applying social innovators thinking would be the right ways to exploit these vast resources. Our citizens should not be the bystanders or the onlookers; instead they should be the champions of social innovation in order to enhance nationbuilding and human resources capacity-building.

There are many Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) serving agencies in the Republic of South Sudan; these NGOs are doing commendable jobs and services to our nation. However, South Sudan cannot continue to be the aid dependence nation or become an oil revenue economy. The alternative economic developments should be substantiated through social innovation and entrepreneurship. The present economy is dependent on foreign exports, NGOs serving agencies, and foreign aid assistances while we have the resources that are lacking in other countries.

Imperatively, the achievement of real economic liberalization and social innovation need progressive new thinking toward achieving nationbuilding and human resources capacity-building. Our Government should create pathway strategies that will enhance and align with the construction of our country’s social, economic and political democracy. The new thinkings should include environmental sustainability, resources exploitation, social service establishments, social entrepreneurship, sustainable peace, responsible leadership, and good governance. These new thinkings should not be the government task alone, but our citizens should be the driving forces for achieving in quickening the vision, mission and goals created by the Republic of South Sudan as “Vision 2040”.

Finally, the current phase which I call Phase II – (post-independence) have many opportunities if tapped into by the responsible agencies. The state of our new nation’s national economic and foundation building could easily be accomplished if these abundant resources are effectively and efficiently exploited as ways of reducing foreign goods consumption and foreign aid assistances. In Comparison, during the Phase I –(civil war revolution), South Sudanese were operationally engaged in the protracted civil war, which had created vacuum of non-developmental programmes for the Southern States, the current phase II –the post-independence have many proliferate dreams for building a nation and national healing processes. Thus, post-independence needs the South Sudan Republic to develop and adopt robust strategic frameworks in new thinkings in order to enhance youths and Government engagement in service creations. More significantly, the state of South Sudan needs national healing through trustbuilding and social innovation in terms of new thinking capacities as the only way to attain nationbuilding and human resources capacity-building.

Miyar De’Nyok, can be reached by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +211956958072