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Crisis Response

Response to the crisis in South Sudan

The Republic of South Sudan, the youngest nation in the world, is in a major humanitarian, development, economic and security crises of unprecedented proportions. Around 7.5 million people are estimated to need humanitarian assistance. About 4.9 million persons are “severely food insecure,” with Northern and Western Bahr el Ghazal and Unity States most affected.

Conflict has forced more than a quarter of the population to flee their homes, disrupted crop production, and destroyed livestock. It has also gravely compromised access to people who need help. Access to food has been further affected by a collapsing economy and massive price increases for basic food items.

The current crisis yet again highlights the drivers of conflict: deep-rooted mutual suspicion, disregard for rule of law, lack of institutions to resolve disputes, and widespread economic deprivation.

UNDP's response

Recovery and stabilization require addressing immediate needs and restoring community trust to get people back to work and providing for themselves and their families without assistance. Together, these measures will help prevent and mitigate food insecurity and long-term humanitarian aid dependency in South Sudan.

 Given the chronic nature of food insecurity and malnutrition, promoting and producing nutritious foods locally is vital. Agriculture sector development—with a focus on building household resilience to food, price, and other shocks—must take priority. Small markets and community-level infrastructure will also help bridge gaps in rural communities suffering higher levels of poverty.

Key results

With support from the Governments of Japan, Norway, Switzerland, the European Union, USAID, and the host Government of Nigeria, UNDP has achieved promising results:   

  • Youth and women in Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Western Equatoria regions have received livelihoods opportunities and emergency employment through the establishment of the Aweil Community Women’s Market as well as provision of support to 15 women-led small businesses and incentivization of production and exchange at the local levels.
  • Micro and small scale enterprises supported youth and women entrepreneurs in Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Western Equatoria
  • Men and women in Northern Bahr el Ghazal have been reached through stakeholder engagement, workshops, street dramas and radio talk shows on transparency, accountability and participation to promote civic engagement, enhancing demand for essential service delivery .

In addition to the joint UN programme in Aweil, UNDP’s Integrated Crisis Response Programme aims to support recovery and stabilization and lay a strong foundation for national reconciliation and sustainable development over the long term. This includes the establishment of seven Justice and Confidence Centers, providing legal services and advice some 70,000 people.

Find more information in our factsheet on South Sudan.

 

 

 

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