ONAD is acronym for Organisation for Nonviolence and Development (formerly known as SONAD) was founded in 1994 in Khartoum at the peak of civil war.
It started as an initiative of South Sudanese students among internally displaced persons. It was legally registered in 2004 with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs as a voluntary non-profitable organization.
When CPA was signed in 2005, the organization extended its work to South Sudan and re-registered in 2006 with the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development, Government of South Sudan in Juba.
On 9 November 2011 the organisation changed its name from SONAD to ONAD, by dropping Sudanese, as reference to Sudan is no longer appropriate for a national organisation operating in our new independent country – South Sudan. ONAD works for “nonviolent, peaceful and democratic” society and operates in the Greater Equatoria, Jongeli and Unity States.
ONAD is founded on the belief and conviction that just, peaceful and democratic societies can be achieved by people who are conscious and aware of their civil and political rights. ONAD is an organization dedicated to the cause of nonviolence. To ONAD, this means commitment to justice without the use of force that destroys or causes injury to enemy or his/her properties. We believe a movement built on nonviolence should critically analyze injustice and work to liberate both the oppressed and the oppressor.
Our Vision is
A nonviolent and peaceful society where every person has access to basic rights
ONAD works with vulnerable people in South Sudan to promote nonviolence and peaceful co-existence through training and advocacy.
Team work and responsibility, peaceful social change, equity and social justice, empowering poor people to improve their lives, honesty and transparency, participatory democracy, learn from others in humility, respect for diversity and spirit of voluntarism.
Based on strategic plan 2012-2014 ONAD will continue to offer training and consultancy in;
- Nonviolence and peacebuilding (NPB)
- Governance and civic education (GCE)
- Community empowerment and gender (CEG)
- Internal organisational development (IOD) of ONAD
The organization since its establishment has reached approximately 4,900 people as direct beneficiaries and more than 93,000 as indirect beneficiaries across South Sudan alone.
The implementations of these projects by ONAD provided opportunities for networking with local and international partner organizations and the international links have provided several positive experiences for the members of the organization. These activities have empowered ONAD staff, volunteers and members as facilitators and consultants for but not limited in the focus areas and activities. ONAD has reached more than 40 ethnic groups in the whole South Sudan and organized number of workshops and supported over 55 local partner organizations through its outreach support activities in the Greater Equatoria, Jongeli, Lakes and Unity States. Internal and external evaluations were conducted and the analysis have shown that participants not only learnt together but have also taken common nonviolent actions such as campaigns, peaceful demonstrations, joint trainings, workshops and building up sustainable networks for lobby and advocacy.
ONAD further as a result of these projects is connected with national, community based and International Non-governmental Organization. In South Sudan, ONAD is member of the Juba Coordination Group of the South Sudanese Network for Democracy and Elections (SSuNDE), a network of over 75 community based organizations covering the whole of ten States, NGOs and Civil Forum for Peace and Democratization currently engaged pushing for an inclusive peace talks in Addis Ababa-Ethiopia. ONAD further works closely with South Sudan Peace & Reconciliation Commission (SSPRC), South Sudan Human Rights Commission (SSHRC), Bureau for Religious Affairs office of the President and other relevant Government Institutions.
Regionally, ONAD is a member of the Coalition for Peace in Africa (COPA) based in Nairobi and benefits from its annual regional trainings in peace building and democratization in Africa. Internationally, ONAD is member “with branch status” of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) based in Alkamaar, the Netherlands and War Resisters International (WRI) based in London, UK. In addition to our networking, ONAD organizes exchange programs for the youth between South Sudan, Sweden and India and between South Sudan, Kenya and Ghana on peace, gender and nonviolence. Our experience has shown that once youth are exposed through exchange visits, this leaves huge impact on the live and future of youth. For example, our volunteers who participated in exchanges in Sweden realized that “police are hardly seen around on streets and public places, people que in order to get into trains, buy a commodity in commercial centres and access public transports”. The internship program in India has provided more skills to our youth who are now working with ONAD and other international organizations.
ONAD is a democratic organization open for anyone who supports its values, vision and mission statement. The current basic rules allows honorary membership to non South Sudanese and people who want to support peace.
ONAD is already linked with other community based organizations that brings together representatives of the different community groups with, which it is directly associated and those from linked organizations.
We finance our operations and programmes with membership and subscription fees, consultancy fees and get donations and support from individuals and international organizations such as the Swedish International Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Interchurch organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO), National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Mennonites Central Committee (MCC), United States Insitute of Peace (USIP), Diakonia-Sweden and others.
The management is composed of the General Assembly who is the highest governing body in the organization. It comprises of all registered members and meets once every year to approve, amend or reject narrative and financial reports and approve the general policies and plans. The Board of Directors is the supervisory board that oversees the affairs of the organization and meets after every two months. The secretariat is all the contracted staff and volunteers who implement the programs of the organization on day to day basis and reports to the Board of Directors.
 SONAD stands for Sudanese Organization for Nonviolence and Development
 CPA stands for Comprehensive Peace Agreement