Cordaid has been working in what is now South Sudan since 2000, initially through partnerships with local organizations and the Catholic Church in Upper Nile, Juba and Western Equatoria states. In 2012, we commenced direct implementation of humanitarian and livelihoods security projects in the country. Our current South Sudan portfolio covers health care (including nutrition), resilience, security & justice, lobby & advocacy and humanitarian aid.
Cordaid has operations in four regions (states): Upper Nile, Eastern Equatoria, Unity State and Western Bahr-El-Ghazal in South Sudan. We have 6 field offices: in Torit Town and Chukudum Town in Eastern Equatoria, Wau and Raja towns in Bahr El Ghazal region and Malakal Town in Upper Nile State.
In South Sudan, more people are in need of humanitarian assistance and structural development support than at any other time in recent memory. In 2016, the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan deepened and spread, causing tremendous pain and suffering for over 7,5 million people across the newly independent country. Since January 2017, humanitarian actors have been responding to needs restricted to the Greater Upper Nile region. However, since June 2017, additional areas were experiencing increasing humanitarian needs due in large part to the conflict, economic decline and erosion in coping capacities. Food security and malnutrition are at unpresented levels, diseases are widespread, and destitution in urban areas is increasing. The eruption of fighting in Juba in July 2016 heralded large scale displacement and violence.
The UN OCHA estimates that nearly 4 million South Sudanese are displaced, 1.9 million people as IDPs and 2 million people as refugees who fled the country (data from 2017). Their homes and economic assets are destroyed. This means a third of the population is uprooted. The UN further estimate that 50% of the displaced are women and children.
Civilians face violations, including widespread sexual violence. Although there is no formal death toll for the South Sudan conflict, tens of thousands of people are estimated to have been killed since December, 2013. One study of 24 communities in Unity State found that nearly 8000 people had been killed over a twelve-month period. Mortality, acute malnutrition and disease have been exacerbated by the conflict. UNOCHA estimates that 13 out of 44 counties surveyed in 2016 have Crude Death Rates (CDR) above the emergency threshold of 1 death per 10,000 people per day. Gender and sexual violence, include rape and gang rape, are prevalent.
Cordaid in South Sudan
Cordaid provides direct health care support to over 200,000 people through provision of primary and secondary health care in five hospitals, and over 25 primary health care facilities. We focus on maternal and child health care within the continuum of care. In addition, Cordaid supports TB control activities with funding from Global Fund, in 34 health facilities across South Sudan.
Improving health systems includes the training of nurses and mid-wives in Wau and Torit, to provide the critically required skilled staff. Cordaid-supported health care activities have been able to reach and provide services to people affected by war in Bentiu and Malakal, and communities affected by drought in Eastern Equatoria.
Security & Justice
Cordaid partners with civil society organisations to increase citizens’ knowledge of their rights and obligations, and identify needs and priorities related to security and justice. Initiatives that address these needs are supported by Cordaid. These can be community initiatives which promote social cohesion, trainings for justice providers and law enforcement or support to institutions, policymakers and legislators to draft policies and laws which address security and justice needs of citizens.
Cordaid supports internally displaced people and vulnerable people affected by conflict, severe food insecurity, lack of access to water, and outbreak of water-borne diseases. In acute emergency phases, Cordaid provides life-saving support like food, cash for work, clean water, temporary shelters and water storage containers. To help people recover on a longer term, Cordaid provides conditional cash for livelihoods, seeds, farming and fishery tools, as well as small business and agriculture training. Cordaid also supports IDP settlements and host communities to construct or rehabilitate water sources, latrines, provide hygiene promotion, with a child-to-child approach.
Resilience & Disaster Risk Reduction
We support and empower disaster prone and fragile communities to prevent, mitigate and bounce back from the impacts of hazards and disasters, increase social cohesion, improve food security and livelihood. Our community managed disaster risk reduction program and contingency action plans are aligned with government policies and government supported. We advocate and influence national government policies, practices and investments to promote disaster risk reduction, mitigate climate change and restore ecosystems.
Cordaid’s Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction program (CMDRR) in South Sudan assists communities in addressing inter- and intra-ethnic disputes, land (tenure) and other resource conflicts as well as natural or climate related hazards, such as flooding and drought. It aims to address multiple hazards by protecting people’s lives, and sustainably (re)building the livelihoods and food security of communities living in disaster prone and fragile counties in Upper Nile, Western Bahr El Gazal and Greater Equatoria states.
Partners and donors
Cordaid works with Caritas, the Catholic Church and civil society and a number of implementing partners to contribute to a thriving, healthy and peaceful South Sudan. Beside Caritas and the Catholic Church, our implementing partners include: AFOD, ARC, CASS, CEPO, EVE, Global Aim, Health Net TPO, Justitia et Pax, RAAH, SARRA, South Sudan Law Society, STEWARDWOMEN, SUDA, Sudd Institute, UNIDO, Upper Nile Youth Development Association, WDG and World Relief.
Cordaid projects in South Sudan are funded by a number of donors, the main ones being: Health Pool Fund (Crown Agents), The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNDP (TB Global Fund), Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties (SHO), the European Commission, RRHP/IMA and Cordaid itself.