CIVICUS Civil Society Index

An international action-research project by and for civil society

Visitor from Sudan at CIVICUS house:

Posted by civilsocietyindex on July 29, 2010

On Tuesday 27th of July 2010, CIVICUS and the CSI team had the pleasure of hosting one of our CSI partners from the broader MENA region, Abdel-Rahman El-Mahdi from Sudan. Abdel-Rahman is the president of the Sudanese Development Initiative (SUDIA) based in Khartoum, Sudan. Abdel-Rahman started his development work in Egypt in the 1990s where he and fellow country- men and –women noticed the difficult situation many of the Sudanese refugees in that country were in. He became active in linking the international donors and the grassroots organizations assisting the refugees. When the situation in Sudan calmed down, Abdel-Rahman decided to return to his native country and become active in civil society there and has been active there since.

Yosi Echeverry Burckhardt and Abdel-Rahman El Mahdi

During his short visit to the CIVICUS house, Abdel-Rahman provided staff with an inspiring and informative talk about the current state of civil society in Sudan in the context of the recent elections as well as the possible future of expanding the space for civil societies in Sudan in the context of the impending referendum to take place in 2011. He further talked about the important role that civil society in Africa and the international community in general could play in assisting civil society in that region to develop and strengthen itself.

CIVICUS and especially the CSI team would like to thank him for taking the time to visit us during his personal holiday to South Africa and affording the CSI team the rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with one of our CSI partners.

The weekly e-CIVICUS also had the chance to interview Abdel-Rahman during his visit. Please click here to read more on his thoughts about current and upcoming challenges to civil society in Sudan.

For more information on this and other CSI partnerships, please visit


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