Consolidated Appeal for South Sudan 2014-2016
A new direction for humanitarian action
Though still fragile, the situation in South Sudan has the potential to improve in 2014 and beyond. Violence, while still high, is causing fewer deaths and displacing fewer people in more areas of the country than in previous years. The surge of refugees and returnees crossing into South Sudan has begun to subside. Food security is improving. For the first time since 2011, needs are no longer increasing.
In 2013, I travelled to many counties in all the states of South Sudan. I listened to communities hit by crisis, Government partners and aid workers in the deep field. These conversations confirmed what we already know: that much of the humanitarian needs stem from a chronic lack of development. Violence ruins the lives and livelihoods of people who already exist on the edge. Villages which depend on subsistence farming become extremely vulnerable to floods. Returnees come home to destitute communities who struggle to support them.
As humanitarians, we have a responsibility to ensure that our programmes not only save lives today, but also create the conditions for a brighter tomorrow. By increasing our focus on building resilience, improving prevention and preparedness to crises, and contributing to strengthening national systems to deliver basic services, we can make a lasting difference and ultimately reduce reliance on emergency aid. Addressing these issues is central to humanitarian action in South Sudan and requires a change in strategy.
The 2014-16 CAP links humanitarian action to the wider framework of South Sudan’s New Deal Compact, as one component of the effort to move the country from fragility to resilience. The appeal takes an innovative, three-tiered approach to aid and has the following goals:
- responding to immediate humanitarian needs;
- enhancing people’s preparedness and resilience; and
- strengthening national capacity to deliver basic services.
As in previous years, the core of our work responds to immediate threats to people’s lives, including violence, displacement, disease outbreaks and natural disasters. Our commitment to the core of humanitarian action remains steadfast. However, to ensure that our work has a more lasting impact, partners in each sector have worked hard to ensure that their strategies for the coming three years will help build stronger local and national systems to address needs, while alleviating immediate suffering. In this vein, the new CAP takes a three-year view at a strategic level while maintaining an annual planning cycle. This will enable us to closely monitor progress on our three-year strategy and goals.
While the situation has stabilized - with the stark exception of parts of Jonglei State - it is imperative that South Sudan not fall back into crisis. The resilience agenda will support this aim. We hope that donors will stand by South Sudan and show the same commitment to this new strategy as they have done to previous appeals. An estimated $1.1 billion is required to address acute needs in 2014. This amounts to just $355 per person targeted by projects in this appeal, a sound investment in the world's youngest country.
Working ever more closely together with state institutions, we will collectively work to address the immediate needs of the most vulnerable of South Sudan while strengthening the ability of both communities and institutions to forge a better future.
Resident Development and Humanitarian Coordinator