Peter Tibber » Ambassador to Sudan

Blog Action Day 2014: Inequality

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The theme of Blog Action Day this year is inequality. Inequality can take many forms. One of the most basic is economic inequality. This is a topical issue at the moment. The publication of Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the twenty-first century” prompted a wide-ranging debate around his central argument that inequality has increased over the last two decades in the developed world due to the inherent nature of advanced capitalism. … Read more »Blog Action Day 2014: Inequality

DFID Sudan: Trips to the frontline

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(Guest blog by colleagues from DFID Sudan) The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) supports programmes which deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance and improve access to basic services for some of Sudan’s most vulnerable people. It also aims to help lay the foundations for a more democratic, peaceful and prosperous future. Visiting the field is essential for DFID to monitor how our programmes are progressing and to ensure that UK-provided funds … Read more »DFID Sudan: Trips to the frontline

Mashrouy is a winner with young Sudanese!

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Last year one of the British Embasssy’s most successful and high profile projects was Mashrouy: the TV programme to help identify and support young Sudanese entrepreneurs. It has been described as a cross between the hit BBC shows “Dragon’s Den” and “The Apprentice”. There was huge interest from Sudanese business people, some great ideas for new business proposals, some wonderful contestants and a huge following on TV for the presentations … Read more »Mashrouy is a winner with young Sudanese!

Darfur

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Darfur continues to be a major focus for the work of this embassy. We believe strongly that there is no military solution. The fighting has to stop. All parties need to engage in discussion to agree a long-term political settlement. The Doha Document for Peace in Darfur provides a blueprint. But several rebel factions have not signed up, and implementation remains painfully slow. National Dialogue should, as the President made … Read more »Darfur

Teatime in Sudan

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A few days ago I visited a Sudanese tea company. Not any Sudanese tea company, actually. But arguably THE Sudanese tea company: Cofftea. They produced most of the well known brands here (not least Algazaltain) and account for the Majority of the Market Like a number of other Sudanese companies I have visited they are an impressive outfit. They have recently moved to modern purpose-built premises in Khartoum North. They … Read more »Teatime in Sudan

Sampling another side of life in Sudan

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Over Eid, a small group of staff from the Embassy took the chance to escape Khartoum and sample life outside of the capital. Here’s their story – I hope you enjoy it: Eager to make the most of an extra few days off, we were determined to get beyond Khartoum and explore Sudan. With minimal planning but a taste for adventure, we initially set out for Port Sudan, taking in … Read more »Sampling another side of life in Sudan

Human Rights in Peace and Conflict

It’s not been a good couple of weeks for Sudan. The conviction of Meriam Ibrahim on charges of apostasy and adultery has caused outrage internationally. In Sudan everybody I’ve spoken to is thoroughly embarrassed by the case, expects it to be overturned on appeal and fervently hopes that happens sooner rather than later. They may not be representative of Sudan as a whole. But several senior Sudanese figures, including in … Read more »Human Rights in Peace and Conflict

Press Freedom Day

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Saturday was World Press Freedom Day. I marked the occasion by attending a celebration at the Omdurman University College for Press and Printing Technology. Apparently it’s the first time that an academic institution in Sudan has held such an event. It was well attended by a number of very senior, distinguished and courageous figures from the media scene in Sudan.   I was not able to follow the speeches in … Read more »Press Freedom Day

National Dialogue

‘I have been asked a number of times what is the UK position is on National Dialogue. Broadly the answer is YES to a National Dialogue, but only one that is genuine, comprehensive and inclusive.  My impression from my recent travels, talking to Sudanese from El Genina to Dongola, is that this is the view of many.’ That is why the President’s call for a National Dialogue is welcome. There … Read more »National Dialogue

Travels in the North

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I spent most of last week travelling in time and space in Northern and River Nile States. I visited a couple of archaeological sites. I was warmly hosted by the Governors and met a range of people in Dongola and Ed Damar. I visited an impressive investment project. There was some discussion of National Dialogue, although the news coming from Khartoum suggested that we have yet to see the creation … Read more »Travels in the North