This paper seeks to explain why the planned Jordanian investments in Sudan failed to materialise despite the relatively advanced stage of negotiations and planning. In doing so it provides an overview of the negotiation process as it developed since the two countries signed a 70-year agricultural protocol in 1999. As part of a political economy approach the position and material interests of key actors involved are presented. The paper argues that the oft-cited lack of capital as the reason why the investment failed is of limited explanatory value and shows that the process of planning investments is cyclical and convoluted.
Hopma, J.M. LDPI Working Paper 22. Planning in the Wind: the Failed JordanianInvestments in Sudan. The Land Deal Politics Initiative, (2013) 17 pp.