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Japan extends $22 million humanitarian and reconstruction assistance for South Sudan’s critical transition

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Juba — The Diet (Parliament) of Japan approved the $22.4 million budget for South Sudan’s humanitarian and reconstruction assistance through its partnership with international organizations.

The July 2016 incident has held back the nation-building agenda and has multiplied the challenges of internally-displaced citizens yet again. Japan attempts to help meet the vast needs with the upcoming batch of assistance ranging from humanitarian relief to reconstruction, development and restoration of social fabric, with a view to supporting South Sudan’s efforts to keep on the straight and narrow path to peace.

The humanitarian needs in South Sudan are immense and ever accumulating. Japan stays agile to uplift the health profile as well as living conditions of those who have too long persevered with life away from home. For our relief efforts to successfully reach those in need, we look to the South Sudanese Government’s utmost effort to ensure humanitarian access and improve security situations. Our assistance also goes to essential ceasefire monitors.

Concurrently, Japan renders cooperation projects to ordinary citizens affected by myriad of hardships with a view to restoring livelihoods. Japan, with first-hand experience of postwar reconstruction, conveys the message of hope when extending cooperation to citizens who, albeit beset by large-scale disasters, unwaveringly fight to overcome the enormous challenges of reconstruction. Kiya Masahiko, Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan, asserts: “I wholeheartedly wish that the array of our humanitarian and resilience-building assistance bears fruit and once and for all shines as a Guiding Star for those who endeavour to realize peace and reconciliation in each of their communities.”

Projects for 2017-2018

  • Emergency operations through ICRC [$1.25 million]
  • Coordination work for humanitarian clusters through UNOCHA [$0.5 million]
  • Food and nutritional crisis response through WFP [$3.1 million]
  • Operation of the humanitarian flight services through WFP [$0.9 million]
  • Boost to healthcare for refugees and peaceful coexistence in Greater Upper Nile through UNHCR [$3.8 million]
  • Improvement of access to OBGY & sexual violence services in Juba, Malakal, Wau through UNFPA [$0.5 million]
  • Rehabilitation of Wau water supply system and family reunification through UNICEF [$1.2 million]
  • Primary healthcare & non-food item provision on PoC Sites and displacement tracking through IOM [$1.5 million]
  • E-visa application and fortified border security with trained personnel through IOM [$1 million]
  • Return of mine-free fields to communities through explosives clearance and outreach through UNMAS [$0.9 million]
  • River barge service feasibility study through UNOPS [$1 million]
  • Assistance for post-conflict economic recovery of Unity and Western Equatoria through UNDP [$1.1 million]
  • Enhanced community security and capacity improvement of SSNPS/JIP for the vulnerable through UNDP [$0.7 million]
  • Institutional facilitation for state revenue collection and financial oversight through UNDP [$0.3 million]
  • Social reintegration and skills training of Juba youths at One Stop Youth Centre through UNHABITAT [$0.5 million]
  • Resettlement of disarmed veterans in Wau through UNHABITAT [$0.5 million]
  • Value-addition and quality assurance facilitation for agribusiness start-ups in Juba through UNIDO [$0.5 million]
  • Post-conflict project management training through UNITAR Hiroshima [$0.3 million]
  • Promotion of women’s peace dialogue and self-reliant livelihoods through UNWOMEN [$1 million]
  • Inception of public health emergency centre and enhanced blood transfusion services through WHO [$0.9 million]

Peace monitor through ceasefire verification through IGAD [$0.2 million]

In addition to the above, Japan provides USD 13 million assistance to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Japan’s aggregate assistance to South Sudan since the December 2013 crisis adds up to approximately USD 189 million.

For media inquiries, please contact Koji Ito at the Japanese Embassy via koji.ito-2@mofa.go.jp and +211 956 481 145.