Following decades of fighting, South Sudan formally became an independent state in July 2011. There was high expectation for growth and many believed they would not see another conflict in the country they fought so hard and so long for. Sadly, war erupted in Juba in mid-December 2013 and quickly transformed into a national, political and ethnic crisis. Since then, more than 1.5 million people have been displaced and over 500,000 have fled to Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda. The crisis has made it hard for people to plant crops, disrupted livelihoods and markets and forced host and displaced communities to share the little they do have, leaving 4.6 million people without enough food.
Oxfam has a dedicated team working across South Sudan to rebuild livelihoods, provide humanitarian assistance and promote active citizenship. We focus on providing clean water, public health and livelihoods support, and work with partners on peace building and governance issues. We have supported over 690,000 people in South Sudan with humanitarian assistance and over 350,000 with long-term development support.
We are responding to immediate life saving needs while addressing the root causes of poverty and inequality. We link humanitarian assistance with complementary development and campaigns approaches in order to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities, and of women and girls in particular, against continued cycles of violence and displacement.
Saving lives, now and in the future Women and girls, people with unique needs, and other vulnerable individuals and communities are more resilient to shocks, and when they do strike, have equitable access to adequate levels of safe, timely, and effective humanitarian assistance that addresses their particular needs and priorities, allowing them to survive in dignity.
Resilient Livelihoods Poor and vulnerable households and communities, and female headed households, male youths, and landless/displaced persons in particular, are able to meet their basic needs and improve their quality of life in a sustainable manner that is resilient to shocks, stress, and uncertainty.
Advancing Gender Justice
Vulnerable women and girls enjoy equal rights and live in security and dignity, as a result of being socially and economically empowered to be transformative leaders and change agents within their households, communities, and nation
Governance and active citizenship Poor and marginalised citizens of South Sudan, and their representatives in civil society, are better able to claim and access their rights from traditional, local and national authorities, institutions and systems that operate according to principles of good governance.