UNDP in Southern Sudan

In January 2011 the people of Southern Sudan voted overwhelmingly to secede from the north and create a new State. With a long, recent history of violent conflict and civil war, life in Southern Sudan is presently characterized by poverty, a fragile peace, a lack of infrastructure and basic services, and nascent governance and rule of law structures. Southern Sudan is also faced with the return and reintegration of internally displaced people along with returnees from the north and neighbouring countries. Other challenges include large numbers of ex-combatants and the proliferation of small arms in both rural and urban areas.

The Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed by both the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) and the Government of Sudan is due to expire on 9 July 2011. The pressure is on for both GoSS and international partners to deliver on the promise of independence. Converting hopes and aspirations into actions and programmes that will facilitate sustainable post-conflict recovery has, therefore, proved to be immensely challenging for the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS).

The urgent need to assist in developing the capacity of government and building sound governance structures remains a driving focus for UNDP in Southern Sudan. Over the last five years, we have worked with key institutions at GoSS, state and county level providing technical assistance, mentoring and direct financial support.

We are working closely with GoSS to ensure that come independence, the new Republic of South Sudan will have the ability to execute the core functions of governance, including management of public resources and functioning rule of law institutions.

In addition to working with government, we also support a range of non-state actors including civil society, NGOs, the media, and traditional leaders. A range of programmes designed to reach to the community level in priority areas are also in place.

Our specific priorities are as follows

UNDP’s activities worldwide are based on the premise that governments have the primary responsibility for their own development, and for the establishment of their own development agenda.
• Providing support to GoSS and all ten state governments by embedding professional staff within government to boost staff capacity.
• Working with GoSS as leading development partner by harnessing support and facilitating the implementation of core governance functions, and providing input to the strategic Southern Sudan Development Plan.
• Improving access to justice and developing institutional capacity of rule of law institutions, including the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development, the Judiciary, the Police and Prisons services, the Southern Sudan Human Rights Commission and the Southern Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission.
• Strengthening priority governance structures including the Office of the President, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
• Reducing the risk of future crises and conflicts by enhancing community security, supportinglivelihoods and economic development, community infrastructure, and the reduction and control of small arms.
• Enabling GoSS to plan, monitor, evaluate and implement poverty reduction initiatives through better financial management and the gathering of robust and credible socio-economic data.
• Combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis through community-based initiatives

Our focus areas and projects are as follows:

Crisis Prevention and Recovery
Sudan Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Programme (SDDRP)
Sudan Post-conflict Community Based Recovery and Rehabilitation Programme
Community Security and Arms Control in Southern Sudan
Mine Action Capacity Building and Programme Development
Enhancing National Capacities for Conflict Mapping, Analysis and Transformation in Sudan
Sudan Recovery Fund South Sudan (SRF-SS) Round One: Livelihoods and Recovery
Sudan Recovery Fund South Sudan (SRF-SS) Round Two: Small Grants
Sudan Recovery Fund South Sudan (SRF-SS) Round Three: State Stabilization Programme

Democratic Governance
Support to the Presidency in Southern Sudan
Institutional Support to the Judiciary of Southern Sudan
Institutional Support to the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development in Southern Sudan
Promoting Access to Justice and fostering a Culture of Human Rights in Southern Sudan
Support to Police and Prisons in Southern Sudan
IGAD Regional Initiative for Capacity Enhancement in Southern Sudan
Support to Southern Sudan Reconstruction and Development Fund Commission (SSRDF)
Institutional Support to Strengthen Legal Education and Research in Southern Sudan

Environment and Energy for Sustainable Development
Protected Area Network Management and Building Capacity in Southern Sudan

Poverty Reduction and Achieving the MDGs
Support to Economic Planning in Southern Sudan
Local Government Recovery Programme in Southern Sudan
Support to the states in Southern Sudan
Building an Inclusive Financial Sector in Southern Sudan
Strengthening Health Systems in Southern Sudan

Responding to HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Programme in Southern Sudan
Tuberculosis and HIV Collaborative Programme in Southern Sudan
Improving and Expanding Tuberculosis Control in Southern Sudan

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