Cordaid has been working in the area of current South Sudan since 2000. Initially, we were functioning through partnerships with local organizations and the Catholic churches. Since 2012, Cordaid has enhanced its presence in South Sudan and initiated direct implementation of humanitarian and livelihoods projects. Currently, we work in mix-modality, implementing aid directly while also adopting a localisation strategy of working with partners. We are present in eight states, offering nexus-type assistance: from humanitarian aid through health and resilience to justice and security support.
South Sudan is the most recent sovereign state which has just marked ten years of its existence. The years of war have had a devastating impact on its 11 million population, making South Sudan one of the world's most underdeveloped countries. Social and economic structures are in poor conditions, including intercommunal violence, internal and external displacement and deplorable infrastructure.
More than 4 million people are internally displaced or became refugees as a result of the civil war and natural disasters. The economic downturn, disease outbreaks, climatic hazards, the lack of durable peace, sub-national violence, and unused agriculture potential have induced one of the worst global food crises - two out of three people are food insecure. And while some communities face famine, reduced funding diminishes the international community’s capacity to respond to humanitarian needs
As per the latest census, young people make two-third of the South Sudan population. Lack of income opportunities makes them worried about their future. Some of them violently claim their rights, forcing NGOs to tmporarly suspend their operations. Other challenges both communities and aid workers have to deal with include bureaucratic impediments, common looting of food convoys and warehouses and violence. As a result, South Sudan is becoming one of the most dangerous places to operate for humanitarian workers. In May 2021, Cordaid sadly lost one of its team members.
Cordaid in South Sudan
Cordaid supports 180 health facilities, including six hospitals, increasing access to quality health services significantly across the country. Doing this, we realise our localisation and duty-bearer agenda by strengthening the capacities of three local organizations,of village (boma) health workers as well as governmental health specialists within the health facilities we support.
We work with the Ministry of Health at national and sub-national levels offering technical assistance in TB/HIV quality programming in case management and diagnostics. Annually, we identify ca. 13,000 TB cases successfully and treat 80% of them.
Cordaid provides ca. 200,000 internally displaced people, returnees, and other people who are left behind with food, shelter, drugs, non-food items, rehabilitation, new water points, and latrines. This is supported by hygiene promotion and COVID-19 awareness activities as well as the construction of emergency water treatment supply systems. Cash and voucher assistance is a vital part of our humanitarian interventions.
To help people recover on a longer-term, we engage in emergency livelihood. In particular, we provide agricultural inputs (seeds, farming, and fishery tools) and agriculture training as well as establish demonstration plots and Village Savings and Loan Associations to improve access to start-up capital for the most excluded groups.
Resilience and sustainable livelihoods
Cordaid provides agribusiness development support, including agronomic and business skills development, livestock development, cooperatives formation, access to finance, value chains and linkage to markets. On average, 48% of our beneficiaries are women. We also support returnees in recovery and resilience building, providing them training on livelihoods and business skills as well as start-up grants or inputs.
Recognising serious threats to livelihoods related to global climate change, Cordaid has been supporting the South Sudan government, development partners and local communities in strengthening policies, response capacities and promoting green solutions for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
Strategic partnership for peacebuilding
By strengthening the lobby and advocacy capacity of civil society organisations and engaging them in building community resilience, Cordaid encourages peacebuilding in South Sudan. This is to ensure that the voices of excluded constituencies are heard and that members of those constituencies participate in problem-solving processes. We do it by supporting justice authorities to improve access to justice in a way that respects human rights and gender equality.
Partners and donors
Cordaid South Sudan’s partners over 2020-2021:
Western Bahr El Ghazal – CARE, AFOD WDG, HARD, IPCA
Unity – Children Aid South Sudan, CARE, SPARK, Agriterra, Rural Finance Initiatives, EVE, South Sudan Law Society, Health Link South Sudan, Steward Women
Upper Nile – Youth Development Association, Coalition of Advocates for South Sudan
Western Equatoria – SPARK, Agriterra, EVA, Rural Finance Initiatives
Jonglei – SPARK, Agriterra, EVA, Rural Finance Initiatives, Youth Development Association
Central Equatoria – EVE, South Sudan Law Society, Stewart Women, Junub Youth Action Network, Women Aid Vision, Voice For Change, Assistance Mission for Africa, Youth Development Association, Civil Society Coalition on Natural Resources