Sudan Recovery Fund South Sudan (SRF-SS) Round One: Livelihoods and Recovery

Fast Facts:
Project document and reports available upon request
Location: All ten states in Southern Sudan
Duration: February 2009 to December 2011
Focus area: Crisis Prevention and Recovery
Contributions(USD): 11,942,961.31 UNDP AS AA FOR JP PASS THROU
Partners: Amurt
Church Mission Society Ireland (CMSI)
International Relief & Development (IRD)
Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)
Save the Children
World Vision
Delivery(USD): 2010: 6,851,812
Contact person in UNDP: Kaori Kawarabayashi
OIC/Head, Technical Secretariat
Sudan Recovery Fund - Southern Sudan

SRF is a ‘pooled fund’ established in July 2008, with the aim of bridging the gap in the transition from humanitarian to recovery assistance through catalytic, high impact and quickly disbursed projects to demonstrate peace dividends, build the capacities of GoSS ministries and encourage the participation and empowerment of communities affected by conflict and poverty.

There are four SRF focus areas:
• Consolidating peace and security
• Delivering basic services
• Stabilizing livelihoods
• Building capacity for decentralized and democratic governance

Round One of the SRF strategy focuses on Livelihoods and Recovery. Funds are provided to international NGOs to provide programmes in all 10 states in the following four key areas:
1. Improving agro-pastoral activities.
2. Increased access to markets and skills.
3. Water, sanitation and child protection initiatives.
4. Engagement and capacity development of civil society organizations and local authorities.

Snapshots of the project's major achievements

1. Improving agro-pastoral activities
• 3,172 farmers have been trained in different farming techniques in four states.
• Three farm training demonstration sites were established and five poultry demonstration houses were constructed.
• 1,795 beneficiaries have been trained in ox-ploughing, and more than 570 ox-ploughs were distributed to farmers in four States.
• 230 households received livestock, 200 households received poultry, and 240 goats were distributed to 252 beneficiaries.
• More than 1,650 households were provided tools for agriculture and fishing.
• 10 farming groups, 42 women’s groups and 13 fishery groups and others (total of 1,808 beneficiaries) – participated in a variety of training courses in farming, fish and poultry production techniques, preservation of agricultural produce and provided with seeds, tools and other material.
• Two fishponds were constructed.
• 39 community vegetable gardens were established in five states; kitchen gardens were established in 12 schools and 80 teachers were trained in vegetable production.
• 300 bee hives were installed, and three honey collection centres with centrifuge machines were established.
• 666 model energy stoves were established for demonstration by 234 promoters.
• 165 fruit tree seedlings were distributed to promote environmental conservation.
• More than 71 metric tons of cereals and seeds, 1,500 kg of assorted vegetable seeds and 376 bags of cereals were distributed to over 7,800 households in four states.
• More than 540 feddans (226 hectares) of land was cleared and ploughed for extension farming.
• One new Dairy Cooperative was formed and two Livestock Unions created.
• 33,275 livestock were vaccinated through mass vaccination campaigns.

2. Increased access to markets and skills

• Over 1,100 students took part in vocational training (both short and long courses) in a variety of trades (carpentry, masonry, brick moulding, tailoring, hair dressing or mechanics), through seven vocational training centres or as apprentices to local artisans.
• One youth centre and two primary schools were constructed.
• 443 groups were supported through microfinance and business development programmes.
• 1,548 beneficiaries (843 women) were trained in small business development, business management and planning, bookkeeping and budgeting and entrepreneurship skills. 688 additional beneficiaries were trained and received cash to start-up small businesses in five states.
• 531 households participated in a Cash-for-Work programme.
• 20 community groups were supported through a variety of income generating activities, training and grants.
• One model market and four market stalls were constructed.
• One new dairy sales point and one bakery were constructed.
• Two fish selling platforms were established;
• Six Stores were created for women’s farming groups to store agriculture products,
• One honey processing plant was being constructed.
• 12 donkeys and carts distributed to market garden groups; 11 groups dealing with perishable products were provided with bicycles and access to markets was improved with the acquisition of road equipment

3. Water, sanitation and child protection initiatives
• 48 boreholes were repaired, 17 boreholes were drilled, and 8 multipurpose latrines were constructed.
• Six water pumps were established and 600 meters of piping for vegetable cultivation and irrigation were provided. Several irrigation kits were distributed among farmers groups in different States.
• 16 WATSAN committees were established and trained in raising awareness on hygiene and sanitation, as well as maintenance of WATSAN facilities.
• Five slaughter slabs and five animal health centres where constructed.
• 850 vulnerable children were referred to child protection units or offices and attended to by social workers. Seven child protection offices were established. Child protection units were established within the State Ministries of Social Welfare in two states.
• Three youth recreational centres were set up. One drop-in centre for street children was constructed and handed over to the State Ministry of Social Welfare.
• 45 children’s sports clubs were supported with sporting goods, playground equipment and training in leadership and children’s rights in 5 states.
• 584 children and youth participated in trainings on a variety of child-related issues, as well as 61 social workers and more than 300 community support group members were trained in child protection and child rights. In addition, Rapid Preparatory Classes were supported, benefitting 256 children.

4. Engagement and capacity development of civil society organizations and local authorities

• 236 extension workers and more than 100 staff of different state ministries were trained in a variety of fields (project management, child protection, farming, etc.) across all 10 states.
• Capacity building support was provided to 21 community based organizations in a variety of areas, such as child protection, farming and food security and WATSAN, among others. Some of these organizations received sub-grants to implement small, community based projects.
• One pharmacy unit was established under the State Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Resources. 14 veterinarians received management training to supply and run the Pharmacy. In total, 95 para-veterinians were trained and equipped and are now operational.
• A county agriculture office was constructed.
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