South Sudan. May 2018.
NCA started the ‘Emergency Preparedness and Response Program in January 2014 after violence erupted in December 2013, and it has been implemented in a phased approach with Phase 5 completed in August 2017. The overall objective of the program is the provision of lifesaving assistance to conflict and displaced populations in South Sudan.
This external evaluation is intended to provide NCA with insights into their Emergency Preparedness and Response Program in South Sudan. The objectives of the evaluation were to assess the relevance and effectiveness of the program, and the extent to which cross-cutting themes and issues were addressed. This evaluation exercise intends to (I) inform NCA’s existing and forthcoming strategies, (ii) strengthen future humanitarian responses, and (iii) provide assessment on the role of local national actors in the response.
Key findings and recommendations
NCA’s emergency preparedness and response program seems to have been a relevant and important program as the human suffering caused by conflicts etc. in South Sudan is on a large scale. Evidence suggests that needs and joint needs assessments have been conducted. Overall, evidence suggests that the emergency preparedness and response program has achieved mixed results in meeting the intended objectives and results. Although it is one program it is important to examine the distinct phases individually since the program is impacted by surrounding conditions.
The evaluation recommends that the country office continues to strengthen its needs assessments and follow international standards to improve the quality. In addition, one should continue participation in national and sub-national platforms and advocate for partners’ participation. Monitoring systems and monitoring plans for data collection should be set up, and more focus should be set on learning from past and on-going interventions.