New Area Based Programme to restore South Sudan’s breadbasket through locally driven solutions for social cohesion and early recovery
Yei—The South Sudan Minister of Peace Building, Hon. Stephen Par Kuol, together with the Deputy Governor for Central Equatoria Hon. Sarah Nene Redento launched on November 25, a two-year project that aims to use locally driven solutions to restore the country’s former breadbasket of Central Equatoria State.
The project is funded by the United Nations Multi-Partner Trust Fund on to support reconciliation, stabilization and resilience in Yei, Lainya, Morobo, and Kajo Keji counties, also referred to as Greater Yei, through locally driven solutions.
Speaking during the launch, Hon. Kuol observed that enhanced peace and social cohesion in southern Central Equatoria will have a spill over effects on other parts of the country. “If we fix Greater Yei, by extension we are fixing South Sudan,” the Minister said.
The project, dubbed Locally-Driven Solutions for Addressing Social Cohesion and Promoting Early Recovery in the Country’s Former Breadbasket will be implemented by an IOM led consortium that includes Finn Church Aid (FCA), Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI), Community Empower for Progress Organisation and Support for Peace and Education Development Programme (SPEDP), working in partnership with United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
The interventions include peacebuilding activities for civilian and military groups, efforts to promote stabilization through support to the rule of law, and governance structures, and finally supporting efforts to expand capacities for resilience especially targeting young people and women, all aimed at creating entry points for political dialogue, and peaceful strategies for conflict resolution, management and prevention. These efforts contribute to creating an enabling environment for peaceful returns.
Speaking at the same event, the Deputy Governor of Central Equatoria State, Hon. Sarah Nene Redento stressed the need to increase the capacity of the local communities to increase their food production to not only meet their food needs but also supply other parts of the country.
Considered to be an island of stability and the breadbasket of South Sudan, southern Central Equatoria was destabilized after the collapse of the 2015 peace deal as conflict forced thousands to flee into IDP and refugee camps, leaving their towns and livelihoods destroyed.
“To help the region recover, the area-based programme will enhance local capacities for the peaceful resolution of conflicts and disputes arising out of competition over land and resources between communities, while at the same time promoting early recovery and resilience to revive the region’s potential for production and development,” said Benjamin Moore, IOM’s Transition and Recovery Programme Coordinator.
The launch was witnessed by government, religious, and community representatives from the four counties.
Area-Based Programme Overview
The Area based programme (ABP) will target communities in Kejo-Keji, Yei, Morobo and Lainya to support social cohesion and promote stabilization between politically divided communities and between returnees and host communities. The programme will seek to create a conducive and safe environment for civilians by engaging armed actors and supporting community policing. It will also enhance local capacities for the peaceful resolution of conflicts and disputes arising out of competition over land and resources between communities, while at the same time promoting early recovery and resilience in such a way that seeks to revive the region’s potential for production and development after years of warring.
Implementation Period: 1 October 2021 – 30 September 2023
Consortium: IOM, FCA, CEPO, SPEDP, WPDI
Funding allocation: 10,300,000 US Dollars
Donor: MPTFO South Sudan Reconciliation, Stabilisation and Resilience Trust Fund
Supported by: Germany, The Kingdom of Norway, the Kingdom of Sweden, the Kingdom of Netherlands and Canada.
For more information, please contact Liatile Putsoa at IOM South Sudan, Tel: +211 912 380 104 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org