Support to the Office of the President in Southern Sudan




 
 
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Location: Juba
Duration: 2006 - 31 December 2011
Focus area: Democratic Governance
Contributions(USD): Phase Two (2007-2010):
United Kingdom (DFID): 1,674,622.37
Norway: 3,182,179
UNDP: 200,000
Partners: Office of the President of the Government of Southern Sudan
Delivery(USD): 2010: 1,202,546
2009: 1,090,629
2008: 939,000
2007: 943,000
Contact person in UNDP: Frankline Logo
frankline.logo@undp.org
Background

The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005 marked a critical juncture for Sudan. It represented an opportunity for the people of Southern Sudan, in particular, as the area most affected by Africa’s longest civil war, to finally experience peace and development.
In this context, the expectations of the new Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) seem in excess of what can actually be delivered. The responsibility of the President to make wise decisions, to manage competing interests, to negotiate differences, and to both establish and deliver key priorities, is enormous. The task will be impossible without strong support being given to the President to carry out these many functions and to ensure he has good and timely information, sound analysis, and efficient organization in his office. UNDP’s Support to the Office of the President project will assist the office of the GoSS President in developing its functional capacity.

Objectives
The project’s objective is to strengthen the Office of the President to adequately carry out its role of supporting the President, by providing direction for key strategic priorities in Southern Sudan which contribute to democratic development and sustainable peace.

Outputs
• The capacity of the Office of the President will be enhanced to implement and monitor the Policy Framework.
• The human and institutional capacity of the Office of the President will be improved to support the President in achieving his mandate.

Snapshots of the project's major achievements
Implementation of Policy Framework:
• .A workshop was held to review the workplan and key strategies nd priorities.
• The project supported the Southern Sudan Women’s Conference on the 2011 Referendum which brought together around 200 women’s leaders from Sudan and the diaspora to discuss their participation in the referendum and post-referendum process.
• The project supported a senior official to attend a donor conference in Brussels.
• The project supported two senior officials to attend leadership trainings in Mombasa (Kenya).
• The project supported five senior officials including the Minister of the Office of the President to go on a study tour to countries which have held referenda (e.g. Australia, East Timor, Eritrea).
• The project supported a senior official to attend a meeting on the Millennium Development Goals in Accra (Ghana) and voice and accountability workshop in Egypt.
• The project supported workshops to create awareness about the Policy Frameworks, 2009 Annual Work Plan and Strategic Plan among staff of the Office of the President.
• The project supports workshops, held to create awareness about security issues among the staff of the Office of the President.
• The project supported two meetings, organized by International Law Policy Group (ILPG), bringing together representatives from Northern Bahr el Ghazal State and Unity State to discuss border issues related to Southern Darfur and Southern Kordofan States, respectively.
• The project supported a workshop, involving stakeholders from key GoSS ministries, UN agencies and NGOs to consult on creating a Task Force to develop a strategy for implementing programmes, and framework to monitor develop a strategy for implementing programmes, and framework to monitor progress, in achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Southern Sudan.
• The project supported one workshop, held to consult with stakeholders on developing Emergency Preparedness and Response Strategy (Disaster Risk Management).

Implementation of Communications and Public Relations Strategy
• The project supported the procurement of communication equipment to be used for presidential press conferences.
• The project supported purchase of camera equipment for the Directorate of Communications and Press.
• The project supported the development of a training plan for the staff of the Directorate of Communications and Press.
• The project supported a symposium held with media representatives to discuss effective media coverage for the Office of the President.
• The project supported two members of the Directorate of Communications and Press to travel to the Hague (Netherlands) to cover the final arguments and submissions on Abyei made by representatives of Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) and National Congress Party (NCP) to the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Training of Staff of the Office of the President
• The project supported training of 51 office managers and secretaries in IT skills at the South Sudan Institute of Management.

Equipment and Resources for the Office of the President
• The project procured laptops and desktops for the Office of the President.
• The project procured communication equipment for the Office of the President and improved internet availability.



 
 
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