Preventing crises, enabling recovery

The Crisis Prevention and Recovery programme supports national partners to secure peace and stability through targeted crisis prevention and recovery projects. Localized conflicts, internally displaced people and the mass return of refugees illustrate that continued efforts to promote peace and stability are essential.

Our work includes extensive community consultations in conflict-afflicted states, where local ideas for conflict prevention are put into action. Community consultations give voice to those most affected by insecurity as well as expresses community priorities. Outcomes of these consultations include the construction of new boreholes and police posts in areas where conflict is rife.

The Sudan Recovery Fund, a large multi-donor fund, is managed by UNDP's South Sudan office. It targets assistance in South Sudan that will help the country move out of the immediate post conflict period and deliver peace dividends to its population. It has assisted in improving agro-pastoral activities, increasing market access and skills, provided water, sanitation and child protection services, and built the capacity of local authorities as well as civil society organizations. It has also provided 69 small grants to civil society organizations working within communities in South Sudan.

The South Sudan Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) Commission, which is supported by UNDP, has overseen the demobilization of more than 10,000 former combatants to date. Nearly 8,000 have entered reintegration training programmes, and 50 percent have already graduated.

Current Challenges

  • In 2010, 275 violent incidents with a humanitarian impact were recorded. That number appears to be doubling in 2011.
  • Between January and July 2011, more than 1,500 people were killed in violence affecting nine of the South's ten states.
  • Causes of violence include tribal cattle raids, cross-border attacks by the Lord's Resistance Army, and fighting between rebel militia and the South's army.
  • Between October 2010 and independence in July 2011, more than 300,000 people returned to South Sudan from the north and from other countries.

Key Achievements

  • More than 47,000 people benefited from livelihood training and the distribution of agricultural inputs such as seeds, livestock, farming tools and equipment.
  • 70 community-based organizations have received grants for agriculture, education, health, and water and sanitation projects in all 10 states, reaching approximately 55,000 beneficiaries.
  • More than 10,000 ex-combatants demobilized.
  • Community-based conflict analyses was conducted in 37 counties across four states, nearly 50 percent of the counties in South Sudan.