The hypothesis that economic agendas have been the causative factors behind present day civil wars has become widely accepted and utilized as a framework for analysing civil wars. Despite the effectiveness and popularity as a tool for understanding most intra-state conflicts in Africa, in the context of the Sudanese civil war, economic agendas are inadequate. Economic perspectives or the Greed framework is lacking the tools to analyse the fundamental factors that have resulted in the Sudanese conflict. Rather, this paper argues that an appropriate tool will be the Grievance theory which pertinently links the civil war in Sudan to the historical, systematic and violent marginalization of South Sudan by the British colonial administration and eventually the Sudanese administration led by the Northern elites. The failure to rescind longstanding prejudices as well as discriminatory policies against South Sudan, the unwillingness of successive Sudanese administrations to ensure the development of South Sudan and integrate the population into the political landscape of a unified Sudan led to the build-up of grievances which eventually found expression in a civil conflict in 1955 that lasted over 17 years.
"Sudan: The North-South Conflict From a Grievance Perspective,"
The Journal of International Relations, Peace Studies, and Development: Vol. 3
, Article 10.
Available at: http://scholarworks.arcadia.edu/agsjournal/vol3/iss1/10