Country: South Sudan

South Sudan at a crossroads: humanitarian response in a changing context

Much has changed in South Sudan in recent years, but has the humanitarian situation in the world’s newest nation improved? Some have argued that the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between Sudan and South Sudan in 2005 should have resulted in a shift in focus and resources from humanitarian relief to development aid…. Read more »

Rift Valley Institute: Sudan and South Sudan Course 2013, Jinja, Uganda, 6-12 July

The 2013 Sudan and South Sudan Course, under direction of Dr Justin Willis, covers all areas of Sudan and South Sudan and the borderlands between the two countries. It will offer analyses of the history, politics, economics, and geography of the two Sudans, providing the understanding needed to work in this complex environment. This year’s… Read more »

Christian faith communities and HIV in humanitarian settings: the cases of South Sudan, DRC and Kenya

Faith-Based Communities (FBCs) provide 40% to 50% of healthcare in developing countries and contribute greatly to HIV responses. One in five organisations working on HIV programmes are faith-based. Yet, during large-scale emergency responses, humanitarian actors have not realised the potential of FBCs to undertake HIV programming, nor have they utilised it by supporting or partnering… Read more »

Funding mechanisms in Southern Sudan: NGO perspectives

During 2007 and 2008, donors commissioned reviews of a number of the key aid instruments in use in Southern Sudan. The main impetus for these reviews was a growing perception that, three years into the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the current mix of funding mechanisms was not delivering results on the ground quickly enough. This… Read more »

Capacity-building in southern Sudan

For over 30 years, the people of southern Sudan have suffered the effects of political crisis, conflict and disaster. In 1989, an international humanitarian intervention was designed under UNICEF–Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS). Since then, efforts have been made to improve the capacities of Sudanese to cope with disaster- and conflict-related vulnerabilities. In early 2000, a… Read more »

War, money and aid

That relief aid has an impact on war economies – and at worst is guilty of fuelling or prolonging conflict – has become almost an article of faith within the humanitarian community. Yet this has been accepted in the absence of any real monetary analysis. Yet a close look at the economics of money in… Read more »

Developmental programming in the midst of war: a case study from southern Sudan

This article outlines the British NGO ACORD’s use of participatory programming techniques and capacity-building in the context of the war in southern Sudan. ACORD has worked in Sudan since the mid-1970s, and currently has programmes in areas controlled by the government and both main rebel groups. In non-government areas, ACORD is part of the UN-coordinated… Read more »

Landmines: where next?

Baliet, a remote jungle town of mud huts in the Upper Nile region of southern Sudan, clings to the edge of the Sobat River. Approaching from the west, several hours after leaving the White Nile near the northern end of the Jonglei Canal, the first indication that the settlement exists are the dugout canoes pulled… Read more »

NGO accountability: findings from South Sudan

NGO accountability has been a popular topic over the last decade. For academics and implementers alike the debates are interesting and thought-provoking, but for implementers there is still a lack of clarity on how to put it all into practice. This article, based on research conducted over 18 months in South Sudan, focuses on NGO… Read more »