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Darfur Regional Authority
|Launching of DRA in El Fasher (Photo by Albert Farran, UNAMID)|
The Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) is an interim governing body for the Darfur region of the Republic of Sudan and replaces the former Transitional Darfur Regional Authority, which was established in 2007 under the terms of the 2006 Darfur Peace Agreement. As outlined in Article 10 of the DDPD, the DRA is a regional authority with both executive and legislative functions. Under the chairmanship of Dr. Tijani Seisi, leader of the Liberation and Justice Movement, the DRA assumed its full functions on 8 February 2012.
The DRA is the principal instrument for the implementation of the DDPD in collaboration with the Government of Sudan and with the support of the international partners. It is envisaged to play a central role in enhancing implementation, coordination and promotion of all post-conflict reconstruction and development projects and activities in Darfur, and to be responsible for cooperation and coordination among the States of Darfur.
The activities of the DRA shall primarily aim to promote:
- Peace and security;
- Socio-economic development, stability and growth;
- Justice, reconciliation and healing.
The DDPD also established five Commissions aimed at focusing on the most crucial issues of sustainable recovery in Darfur, namely: land; compensation; truth, justice and reconciliation; returns; and, security arrangements. Spearheaded by the DRA, these institutions are in their infancy, yet are well-positioned to effect meaningful progress in recovery and development.
International support is required to ensure that the aspiration of these institutions is translated into tangible and sustainable peace dividends, in tandem with domestic financial reforms that bring Darfur’s fiscal resource allocations in line with the other states.
The regional authority consists of the Darfur Executive and the Darfur Council (legislative). The Darfur Executive is led by an Executive Chairperson, Darfur state governors, ministers and heads of the Darfur commissions. The Darfur Council will be made up of 67 Council Members drawn from the movements and the Darfur state legislatures.