As the RRP
rehabilitates schools in River
Nile, the state Minsitry of
Education equips them.
mid-July 2007, the River Nile state
government pledged a 30% in-kind
contribution to the Recovery and
Rehabilitation Programmeme (RRP)
in Abu Hammed and Berber localities.
The state and locality government
administrations are supplying RRP
development projects with concrete,
sand, water, local labour, technical
expertise, and equipment. The budget
of the RPP in River Nile amounts
to 2.8 Million Euros (approximately
US$ 3,7 Millions).
Recovery and Rehabilitation Programmeme
in River Nile is funded by the European
Commission, and managed by UNDP
on behalf of the Government of National
Unity and Government of South Sudan.
With a budget of 54.3 million Euros
(approximately US$ 75 Millions)
the Programmeme has also projects
in Abyei Area and the eight other
states: Red Sea, Blue Nile, South
Kordofan, Upper Nile, Northern Bahr
al Ghazal, Eastern Equatoria, Central
Equatoria, and Warrap.
Approximately 50 national
and international NGOs are implementing
activities such as building schools,
healthcare centers, water networks,
vocational training, farming and
agriculture, and training Programmemes.
The RRP in River Nile
is made up of four Sudanese NGOs,
including Roots Organization for
Development (ROD), Global Health
Foundation, Nawafil Elkhairat Organization,
and African Charitable Society for
Mother and Child Care.
The River Nile state
government takes a strong leadership
role in RRP activities, and is often
involved directly in their implementation.
As the RRP rehabilitates two schools,
the Ministry of Education equips
them with supplies and continues
to cover the salaries of 23 teachers.
In cooperation with the state water
authorities, the RRP will soon inaugurate
two water yards with the capacity
of 10,000 gallons each that will
improve water access for 6000 people
in Abu Hammed and Berber localities.
The state Ministry of Health helped
conduct a seven-day RRP training
session for 15 midwives to improve
maternity care services while the
state Animal Resources Department
co-hosted a 10-day training session
for 10 veterinary workers and equipped
them with tools, medicines, and
medical uniforms. The workers provide
veterinary services to nine villages
with a total population estimated
at 14,000 people.
“We are very
happy that the RRP budget covers
the cost of half of the state’s
development plan. All of the new
facilities, such as schools and
healthcare centers, will be delivered
to the state Ministries,”
said Mr. Mohammed Al Amin Jalle,
the Acting Director of Planning
and Development within the River
Nile State Ministry of Finance.
Having all Sudanese
NGOs implement the RRP has been
paramount to the project’s
success. The desert areas in River
Nile state are considered to be
a harsh place to live, and the people
who make their homes along the river
banks take pride in self-sufficiency
and their deep roots in a difficult
climate. These communities are known
for their tendency for refusing
relief assistance and their preference
for working with national NGOs.
of the Abu Hammed locality
commissioner's office are
on the steering committee
of the River Nile RRP.
“In 1998, there
were floods all along the Nile River.
People in other areas accepted relief
and food distributions, but here
people refused. If you ask our proud
people if they need money, they
will say ‘No, we’re
okay,’ even if they are very
poor. You have to build trust and
get to know someone closely before
they would accept this kind of assistance,”
said Mr. Hashim Mohamed Osman, the
Education Administration Manager
at the Abu Hammed locality commissioner’s
The communities have
welcomed the RRP because it is a
development initiative rather than
relief. The communities are members
of the RRP steering committee, and
the locality commissioner offices
have made in-kind contributions.
Mr. Hassan Hamd El
Seed, the RRP Project Manager in
River Nile state, said that 95%
of the RRP’s staff are originally
from River Nile. Hassan works for
ROD, which has worked with these
communities for more than ten years.
“The RRP is
the cornerstone of development in
the area. Capacity building in particular
has been tremendous. This is the
first time we have had civil society
other than sports clubs and the
extended family. We now have committees
in the localities that link up with
all sectors. The RRP has brought
organization to the system of self-help,”
said Hashim Mohamed.
In addition to building
the local government’s capacity
through partnership, the project
aims to provide a mobile veterinary
clinic, plant trees, develop a loan
scheme for private sector businesses,
construct/rehabilitate 10 water
supply systems and 12 hand-pumps,
build human waste disposal systems
and latrines, rehabilitate 10 health
centres, and build and rehabilitate
The RRP is the largest
and most comprehensive recovery
Programmeme in Sudan serving up
to 800,000 rural Sudanese.
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the RRP, please contact:
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