Zacharia Diing Akol



Director of Training





Zacharia Diing Akol is the Director of Training at the Sudd Institute. Diing has extensive experience in community outreach, government and organizational leadership. He is currently working on M.Res./Ph.D. in political science at the London School of Economics. Diing’s research interests include the role of civil society organizations in peacebuilding, traditional leadership and democratic governance, post-conflict reconstruction, faith and public policy, and the dynamics of civil war.

Before co-founding the Sudd Institute Diing served as a consultant for the Government of South Sudan, evaluating parliamentary activities and government programs. He was also a Transitional Justice Fellow at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa, a Project Luke Fellow at the Overseas Ministries Studies Center in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Diing has facilitated short courses on conflict resolution, peace building, leadership and administration in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, Malakal and Renk, South Sudan and given public lectures on Sudan and South Sudan at numerous universities across the United States.

Diing holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Justice Studies from the University of San Diego and two Bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University in Public Policy & Administration and Policy & Applied Economics.



Reforming Public Financial Management in South Sudan 04/12/2018
Food Security and Nutrition Vulnerability and Risk Analysis in Former Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal States 18/04/2018
Food Security and Nutrition Vulnerability and Risk Analysis in Former Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal States St 18/04/2018
Understanding the Imperative of A People-Centered Constitution in South Sudan 14/11/2016
Understanding the Imperative of A people-Centered Constitution in South Sudan 10/05/2016
South Sudan’s Enactment of NGO Act and its Implications on Humanitarian Operations 23/02/2016
Inclusivity: A Challenge to the IGAD-Led South Sudanese Peace Process 07/12/2014
Abyei Final Status: A Mismanaged and Unyielding Stalemate 29/10/2013
SPLM Leadership Contest 23/07/2013
Recent Killing in Abyei: Its Implications on the Relations between the two Sudans 04/06/2013
A Nation in Transition: South Sudan’s Constitutional Review Process 17/02/2013
Juba’s Insecurity: A Challenge to State Authority and Credibility 13/12/2012


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