A one-month ceasefire has been agreed in South Sudan. GIZ is supporting the population on the ground.
GIZ is continuing its work in South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 following two decades of civil war. Due to sustained unrest, there are currently over one million refugees in the country, and the population is in urgent need of support.
A team of experts has now been seconded to the country on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Their task is to alleviate the hardship of the refugees and to support local people, for example by distributing seeds and agricultural equipment and by building sanitary facilities.
Operating on behalf of the German Government, GIZ has been active in what is now South Sudan since 2004. Its work includes improving the water supply and constructing roads and schools. Its rural development activities are also helping to improve the food security of the population.