Promotion of Civil Society in the Sudan

About Us

The Project for the Promotion of Civil Society in the Sudan is mandated and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. In close cooperation with the Sudanese authorities, we empower people to build better futures by taking ownership of their own development processes. More specifically, we enable societies to help themselves by providing tried and tested management know-how.

By strengthening the capacities of civil society organisations, we promote the development of communities in selected states in the Sudan. Currently, the project supports community-based organisations in Khartoum State in the educational sector, as well as community-based organisations in Red Sea State in the field of water management.

As a federal enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

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36 million, of which almost one third reside in Khartoum State


1.886.068 km² (5 Times as big as Germany)


- Rich in natural resources
- High rate of inflation

Legal System

Based on Islamic law since 1983


Mainly Muslim with Christian and indigenous minorities

Administrative Structure

17 states, each of which is divided into localities and sub-divided into administrative units

GIZ Office

North Darfur

Capital: El-Fasher

The state is characterised by an extending desert and has been ridden by ethnical conflicts and rebel uprisings for several years.

South Darfur

Capital: Nyala

The state is rich in natural resources but has seen ethnical conflicts and rebel uprisings for several years.

West Darfur

Capital: Geneina

West Darfur has been the scene of ethnical conflicts and rebel uprisings for several years.


Capital: Wad Madani

Al-Gezira is known for its cotton and wheat production.

Red Sea State

Capital: Port Sudan

Due to its location by the Red Sea, the State is a popular tourist destination.

Blue Nile State

Capital: Ad-Damazin

The State is home to around 40 ethnic groups and has been subject to insurgencies in the past years.

River Nile State

Capital: Ad-Damir

River Nile State is a popular destination for cultural tourism and hosts several archaeological monuments.

White Nile State

Capital: Rabak

Due to its location and transportation connection, Rabak is one of the major commercial cities in the Sudan. In addition, the state hosts tens of thousands of people who fled from South Sudan.


Capital: Al-Gedarif

The fertile land around the state capital enables the cultivation of sesame, sorghum and Gum Arabic without artificial irrigation.

Kassala State

Capital: Kassala

The agriculturally fertile state hosts tens of thousands of Eritrean refugees.

Khartoum State

Capital: Khartoum

Khartoum State hosts the capital Khartoum and one third of the Sudanese population. The GIZ Office is located in Khartoum State.

Northern State

Capital: Dongola

Marked by the Sahara and the Nubian desert the state is rich in cultural heritage such as its popular pyramids.


Capital: Singa

Sennar is often associated with its sugar factory and the irrigation As Suki scheme at the Blue Nile, which allows the cultivation of cotton, sorghum and oilseeds.

South Kordofan

Capital: Kaduqli

South Kordofan is the only remaining state producing crude oil. It has a rich ethnic diversity, including the Nubans. Since 2011, Sudanese government forces and SPLM-N have been in armed conflict.

North Kordofan

Capital: Al-Ubayyid

The state was founded after the former West Kordofan was split into North and South Kordofan in 2005.

East Darfur

Capital: Ad-Daein

Central Darfur

Capital: Zangilei

The state was created in 2012 as a result of the peace process in the Darfur region and has been repeatedly struck by tribal clashes.


Through training of existing community-based organisations…

…and increased knowledge exchange among civil society…

…with the support of their communities…

…they can manage themselves, improve their communities, and represent their community‘s interests towards the authorities

Our approach

The sectors in which we work are determined by the Basic Needs within the communities. In practice, our activities look something like this:

Capacity Developement


Parent-Teacher-Associations play a crucial role in shaping children’s learning environment. They maintain the school buildings and sanitary facilities and provide education material to students. Therefore we provide them with training in project management and fundraising, so they can increase the impact of their work.


The management of communal water resources is conducted by village-based committees. They take care of the maintenance of existing pumps and other water resource installations. We provide training to these committees to enable them to increase the amount of water available for communal use.

Sensitising the Communities

Through the improvement of children’s education, Parent-Teacher-Associations can contribute greatly to the development of their communities. However, in order to function efficiently, Parent-Teacher-Associations are also dependent on the communities for support. Therefore we engage the communities through awareness raising activities to make sure they understand the value of the Parent-Teacher-Associations’ work.

Village-based committees can do a lot for communal water resource management. However, the entire community needs to be aware of the proper use of existing installations and of the role and responsibilities of their Village-based committees. Therefore we organise community meetings in each of the targeted communities to inform and sensitise the community members.

Facilitating Knowledge Exchange

Parent-Teacher-Associations can work more effectively if they exchange their knowledge and experiences with other Parent-Teacher-Associations. To jump-start and facilitate this exchange, we organise inter-communal meetings among Parent-Teacher-Associations’ representatives. These meetings further allow the Parent-Teacher-Associations to coordinate themselves and represent their communities towards the authorities more effectively.

The sharing of knowledge and experiences among Village-based committees increases their ability to exploit communal water resources most effectively. Therefore we support village-based committees in establishing networks and conducting inter-communal meetings. These meetings also provide a forum for coordination and for improving the representation of communities through their committees towards local authorities.


Every other week, GIZ is hosting the GIZ Roof Top Dialogues - a bi-weekly open debate on designated issues related to civil society or education. The debates are held in English and provide an open forum of discussion for members of the government, civil society and anyone interested.

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the next roof top dialogue on the beautiful roof top terrace of our office in a casual after work setting.


Parent-Teacher-Associations have great potential in improving the learning environments of our children. The following movie is used in GIZ trainings for Parent-Teacher associations and illustrates how they can make an impact.


PTA Training Reader

This document is used as training material in PTA trainings, which address issues such as project planning and implementation, administration and fundraising.

Training of Trainers Manual

The Manual is used to train future PTA trainers and addresses the content of PTA trainings as well as facilitation methods.

Best Practices Catalogue

After participating in the GIZ PTA trainings, several PTAs developed and implemented great projects. Some of the most creative and successful are featured in this catalogue.

Factsheet: Communication

To improve communication within the State Ministry for Education and between the Ministry and PTAs, GIZ trained trainers in communication, negotiation and mediation. The trainers subsequently passed on their knowledge in trainings for Ministry staff. Some of the most important lessons are summarized in this factsheet.

Factsheet: The State Ministry for Education, Khartoum

This Factsheet presents the results of an organizational analysis of the State Ministry for Education of Khartoum State.

The Education Sector in Khartoum State

This study examines the legal and political frameworks governing the education sector as well as the role of key players. It also provides an analysis of the learning environment in schools in Khartoum