Sudan Recovery Fund South Sudan (SRF-SS) Round Three: State Stabilization Programme

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Project document and reports available upon request
Location: Jonglei State, Eastern Equatoria State, Warrap State and Lakes States
Duration: January 2011 - December 2012
Focus area: Crisis Prevention and Recovery
Partners: Jonglei State Steering Committee
Lakes State Steering Committee
Eastern Equatoria Steering Committee
Implementing Agencies:
World Food Programme
PACT Sudan
Contact person in UNDP: Kunal Dhar
Programme Coordinator , Sudan Recovery Fund
The Sudan Recovery Fund (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. These projects should demonstrate peace dividends, build capacities of Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) administration 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 Three of the SRF focuses on stabilization with two of the most important issues affecting recovery in Southern Sudan:
1) Improving security at the state and community level, and
2) Scaling-up the delivery of basic services within the context of the current fiscal crisis. It will do so within a state-led approach to recovery planning.

Round 3 differs from Rounds 1 and 2 of the SRF as it shifts the way projects are planned and implemented, from a humanitarian approach that favours direct execution by agencies and NGOs, to a nationally-led process where authorities are accountable for leading planning and implementation. Accordingly, Round 3 aims to reinforce the “social contract” between communities and their governments by strengthening the participation of communities in their own recovery planning.
Round III also focuses on reducing transaction costs by using and reinforcing existing systems rather than establishing committees and processes that are specific to the SRF itself. It further aims to ensure complementarity with other activities of other pooled funds.

Accordingly, there are three distinct projects being implemented at this time:
1) Jonglei Stabilization Programme (JSP)
2) Lakes State Stabilization Programme (LSSP)
3) Eastern Equatoria State Stabilization Programme (EESP)

Snapshots of the project's major achievements

(1) Jonglei Stabilization Programme (JSP)

State Managed Radio Station
• Between December 2010 and February 2011, UNDP contracted a Kenyan communications company, Skytech, and fielded a team of consultants to initiate the technical design study on the establishment of a state-managed radio station in Jonglei. Missions to each county in Jonglei State were completed that included hiring of local labour for digging and collecting soil samples from the retransmission sites.

Akobo-Pochalla Road
• In January 2011, the tender process for constructing the Akobo-Pochalla road and bridge over the Pibor River in Akobo County was completed. The contract for the first package of construction works was awarded.
• The mine clearance company, Mechem, as initiated mine clearance of the road.
• 1.4 Three bailey bridges (over 30m each) were approved by the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), and construction is expected to start in March 2011.

(2) Lakes State Stabilization Programme (LSSP)

Karich-Poloich-Amok-Piny and Aluakluak-Akuoc-cok Road
• Construction is expected to commence in May 2011. The start of the rainy season will be beneficial for road construction, due to the limited access to water points.

Four Haffirs and 16 Boreholes
• In January 2011, the Lakes State Government confirmed the locations of the four haffirs and 16 boreholes in Cuiebet, Rumbek Central and Rumbek North counties. The tender and contracting process is expected to be completed by March-end 2011, with construction to commence by mid-April 2011.

Public Administration Buildings
• In January 2011, the Lakes State Government confirmed the construction of two county police station, five payam police stations and seven courts. The tender and contracting process is expected to be completed by March-end 2011, with construction to commence by mid-April 2011.

(3) Eastern Equatoria State Stabilization Programme (EESP)

Road Rehabilitation
• A joint mission, including UNOPS and the Ministries of Transport and Roads, Housing and Utilities and Wildlife Conservation and Tourism, assessed the proposed roads in Northern Kidepo Valley and Southern Kidepo Valley. The assessment report will be submitted to the Eastern Equatoria State Steering Committee (EESSC) for final approval on the scope of works.

Four County Headquarters and One Prison
• On 14 January 2011, the Eastern Equatoria State Government confirmed the following four counties as the locations for constructing and equipping county headquarters: (1) Kapoeta South, (2) Kapoeta North County, (3) Lopa/Lafon and (4) Magwi. UNOPS and the state government are in the final stage of completing the design of each county headquarters. Construction is expected to commence in April 2011.

Four Haffirs & Eight Human Consumption Water Points
• On 14 January 2011, the Eastern Equatoria State Government confirmed the following counties for constructing the haffirs and human consumption water points: (1) two haffirs and four water points in Kapoeta North County, and (2) two haffirs and four water points in Kapoeta East County.
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