Impacts and Influence

Sudan Debt Relief

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girl celebrating South Sudan's independence

Ben Leo’s CGD Working Paper, Sudan Debt Dynamics: Status Quo, Southern Secession, Debt Division, and Oil contributed to the African Union’s mediation efforts over Sudan’s $35 billion of external debt when South Sudan was created as an independent state.

Leo subsequently served as a technical expert and mediator in 2011 under the leadership of the African Union’s High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan. The historic agreement he helped facilitate between the parties included much of the road map for debt relief suggested in his paper.