South Sudan: Interlinking Peace Building, Decentralisation and Development

A strong government is key to ensuring human security, economic development and stability in order to enable people to escape structural poverty. However, South Sudan is characterised by weak governance structures and government institutions often lack the capacity to develop resilient relations with civil society and local communities. Consequently, South Sudan is highly vulnerable to social, political and economic instability, directly affecting people’s lives. The consortium of VNG International, PAX for Peace and Cordaid aims at tackling challenges in South Sudan related to weak government capacity, community conflict and poverty.

The objective of the programme is to increase human security in greater Wau (Western Bahr el Ghazal State) and  greater Torit (Eastern Equatoria State) through interlinking and strengthening local government capacity for service delivery, community-based peace building initiatives and socio-economic development. To this end we conduct trainings, on-the-job coaching, dialogue activities and tangible, quick impact, community-owned interventions. In Eastern Equatoria State, we focus on intercommunal conflicts and support to County Councils in the Kidepo Valley, whereas in Western Bahr el Ghazal State our efforts focus on conflicts between farmers from Western Bahr el Ghazal and migrating pastoralists from neighbouring Warrap State.

The programme is financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is implemented between July 2013 – June 2017.

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