South Sudan

DCA supports humanitarian relief activities and humanitarian mine activities as well as food security, active citizenship and peace building activities.

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Country Director
Nina Pedersen
Phone: DK +45 50602060
Skype: ninapedersen1

DCA South Sudan
Tongping Area, Opposite Office of Political Parties Council
Juba, South Sudan
Phone +211(0)956 888 402

12,122,640 US$ in 2016

People in need reached
DCA South Sudan has helped 132,497 people 

Experience in South Sudan
Since the 1980’ies 

​The current crisis in South Sudan has meant that an increasing part of the programme is directed towards emergency assistance, but it is still a priority to continue resilience activities to ensure that reclaimed food security and peace and reconciliation are not lost due to the overall deteriorating humanitarian situation.

By mid-2017, 50% of the South Sudanese population were considered food insecure including 1.7 million on the brink of famine (Humanitarian Snapshot June 2017 UNOCHA). Depending on when published the numbers should be updated. Approximately 150 previously unknown hazardous areas are discovered each month.

The DCA programme in South Sudan has a strong focus on cash distribution and market-based interventions. The Humanitarian Mine Action activities include mine clearance and Mine Risk Education. Activities with a medium to long term focus include Safer Communities and Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction approaches. Except for Humanitarian Mine Action activities, DCA activities are implemented through local partners.

Activities in South Sudan

Cash programming

Cash programming

DCA is holding the position of the Co-Lead coordinator  in the revitalised multi-sectorial Cash Working Group that is a technical working group under the Inter-Cluster Working Group in the country.

DCA works closely together with local partners to respond to food security and livelihoods needs of selected South Sudanese communities through cash transfer programming (CTP). With the outbreak of conflict in December 2013, DCA quickly adopted CTP as the key tool to reach their beneficiaries despite insecurity and access constrains. Building on this experience, DCA has since then upscaled its CTP efforts both regarding geographical coverage and beneficiary reach and is now one of the major CTP actors in South Sudan. 

In South Sudan, the CTP is linked to Food Security and livelihoods, and the different cash modalities used includes both unconditional, unrestricted cash in hand as well as vouchers for livelihood inputs such as seeds and fishing gear. Our CTP activities are implemented through 7 local NGOs with currently. Geographically, we cover the Greater Eastern Equatoria, Greater Upper Nile and Greater Jonglei States. DCAs work through partners in hard to reach and remote areas and is able to respond rapidly to conflict affected communities in need. 

In 2017, DCA is reaching 33,600 households using unconditional, unrestricted cash transfer and vouchers depending on the specific needs in each targeted community. Additionally funds are  allocated in direct support to local community markets and traders guided by thorough needs and market assessments and aiming to sustain the local economy and the populations’ ability to meet their needs. This work is done in close collaboration with the local authorities and trade unions to ensure integration and sustainability. Our CTP is always combined with livelihoods and resilience activities to build sustainable communities and cater to the diversity within our target areas.   

Peace and conflict mitigation

Peace and conflict mitigation

The national armed conflict, coupled with negative cultural practices of cattle raiding and inter/intra tribal/communal, as well as revenge conflicts over scarce resources - water and pasture during dry season - are the main causes of loss of thousands of lives, properties/livelihoods and displacement of people in the conflict affected states and pastoralist communities. The combined causes and effects of the conflicts resulted in hatred, political instability, lack of peaceful co-existence, poverty, food insecurity and economic crisis in the country.  

To ensure peaceful coexistence, promote wellbeing, resilience and fight extreme inequality among men and women in the target communities, DCA is supporting implementing partners working with community structures (peace building committees) and local governments to prevent and mitigate conflict through peace building activities in the conflict prone communities. The implementing partners use different modalities to mitigate conflict. i.e.:

* Association of Christian Resources Organization Serving South Sudan (ACROSS) disseminates peace and social education messages through innovative technology, Digital Audio Players (DAPs) in cattle camps across four ethnic groups; (Dinka, Nuer, Murle and Bari) and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites. While FM radios (Liberty and Jonglei FM) are used to disseminate the same messages targeting the communities in Jonglei states, Bor and Pibor counties and Central Equatoria state, and Terekeka counties. These messages are translated into local languages to enhance beneficiaries understanding of disadvantages of conflict, how to resolve issues amicably, reconciliation and forgiveness, HIV-AIDS awareness, culture and gender.

* DCA right to food partners (CDSS, C&D and KDI) mainstream peace building and conflict mitigation measures into food security and livelihood projects.

* The impact of DCA partner’s supported projects is reflected in behavioral change and testimonies of some beneficiaries. The peace committees mobilize the community to create awareness on peaceful co-existence, nonviolent ways to resolve disputes and, in some cases, mediated peace dialogues between target communities.

Risk Education, Safer Communities & Mine Clearance (HMA)

Risk Education, Safer Communities & Mine Clearance (HMA)

Decades of conflict, still ongoing, have littered a large part of the South Sudan with explosive hazards and 89,732,965m2 are thought to be contaminated by explosive hazards. The full extent of contamination is unknown with large areas of the country requiring survey. In addition to the threats posed to the safety of conflict-affected communities, explosive hazards prevent the safe movement of the population including those who must flee active conflict. Explosive hazards preclude the delivery of humanitarian aid and inhibit socio-economic development.

DCA is implementing a larger Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) programme in South Sudan working with mine field and area battle clearance, unexploded ordnance disposal, risk education and safer communities. Presently, the HMA programme in South Sudan comprises of two multi-task teams for mine field and battle area clearance; one rapid response team for explosive ordnance disposal; two teams for risk education and one team for safer communities. The number and size of the teams are adjusted during implementation depending on tasking from UNMAS and funding available from donors. The HMA programme in South Sudan is one of DCA’s biggest HMA operations globally.

Despite serious security threats and lack of infrastructure and climate conditions, the HMA programme has managed to maintain substantial progress on planned outputs.

The HMA programme also educates community focal points and peer risk educators, who are school children and communities, to strengthen safety of their local communities. The programme activities are carried out in close cooperation with and for local communities and schools. The HMA programme also provides training and capacity development in risk education to national partner organisations and as well as international organisations.

Presently, DCA operates with humanitarian mine action activities in Central Equatoria, and plans are being made for expanding the mine action operations to other parts of the country as well. DCA works closely with the National Mine Action Authorities (NMAA), UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), local authorities, local partners and communities.

Psychosocial support

Psychosocial support

Psychosocial Support to stress affected persons in Bor and Pibor:

The recurring social-political conflict in South Sudan has seen massive displacements, loss of lives and property, and increased human suffering. Many families fleeing have had to pass through difficult moments as they witness relatives killed, properties looted or, have themselves, gone through rights’ abuses including rape and torture.

Many of those displaced or who feel insecure due to killings along tribal line are sheltering in Protection of Civilian sites (PoCs) across the country where living conditions are barely below minimum standards. The worsening economic situation in the country has only added to the already existing depth of stress among many South Sudanese families which have seen members separation and increasing domestic violence.

To rebuild and lessen the social devastation, mental and emotional impact of these crisis, DCA partner African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM) is implementing a psychosocial support programme in Bor PoC, the host community, and Pibor areas, to reduce harm and promote wellbeing among children, women and youths. With a team of counsellors and mobilizers, ALARM is currently providing counselling service to alcoholics, economically and conflict stressed persons at counselling centres in Bor and Pibor.

In secondary and Primary schools, ALARM provide counselling sessions to pupils/students and teachers and training both students and teachers on how to identify stressed pupils/students for counselling. ALARM has taken over the PSS activities in PoC site in Bor, where trauma affected beneficiaries receive psychosocial support and are trained on bread baking, tailoring, hair dressing, embroidery and carpentry to better improve their income generating opportunities and reduce risk of socially unwanted behaviours like theft, alcoholism and domestic violence.

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Local Partners in South Sudan

  • Humanitarian and Development Consortium (HDC)
  • Lutheran World federation(LWF)
  • Nile Hope development organization (NHDO)
  • National Relief and Development Corps (NRDC)
  • Support to Peace, Education and Development Programme (SPEDP)
  • Universal Network for Knowledge Empowerment Agency (UNKEA)
  • Association of Christian Resources Organization serving South Sudan (ACROSS).
  • African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM)
  • Church and Development (C&D)
  • Community Development Support Services (CDSS)
  • Kapoeta Development Initiative (KDI)
  • New Sudan Council of Churches (NSCC)
  • South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC)

The 7 last-mentioned partners were originally development partners but due to the grim situation in the country many of them are including humanitarian assistance activities 

Donors in South Sudan