Once the largest and one of the most geographically diverse states in Africa, Sudan split into two countries in July 2011 after the people of the south voted for independence. While its southern neighbour is falling apart in political chaos, Sudan, as a post-war country, is striving for lasting peace. The country, which is largely desert, is experiencing rapid urbanization, due to massive rural-urban migration, displacement due to conflicts in some parts of the country, and droughts.
The urban region around Khartoum, a tri-city comprising the cities Khartoum, Omdurman and Al-Khartoum Bahri at the confluence of the White Nile and the Blue Nile, is one of the largest metropolises in Africa with over eight million inhabitants. At the beginning of 2000, oil revenues boosted rapid economic development and a massive construction boom. However, the structural development of the city, such as drinking water supply or sanitation, is lagging behind rapid growth. Almost every fifth Sudanese lives in gigantic slums on the outskirts of Khartoum.
Since Sudan only recently joined the countries working with the PSUP, there are no concrete contributions to list in this section. However, we expect our work to contribute to the country’s community development and a better life for slum dwellers.