Norwegian Church Aid in South-Sudan
- Presence established: 1972
- Funds used in 2018: 75.5 million NOK
NCA in South Sudan aims to reverse the decades-long entrenched centre-periphery imbalance in the country. We hope to achieve this reversal by mobilising community members to be active citizens and establishing localised peace structures through civil society organisations (CSOs), for instance, women’s groups and faith-based organisations.
South Sudan is reeling from decades of conflict, with a debilitating impact on infrastructure, governance and basic services. In spite of the difficult context and pervasive threat of conflict escalation, our development and emergency plans incorporate implementation flexibility to adapt to any change. We actively harness the strengths of our target beneficiaries for service delivery, broker links between CSOs, FBOs and local/national governmental bodies and link emergency response to recovery and development.
We ensure that vulnerable communities have sustainable access to clean water and practice improved hygiene and sanitation behavior. Our goal is to develop local ownership in form of village committees, spearheading participatory and inclusive community WASH initiatives. Localized WASH interventions empower beneficiaries and provide entry points for building synergies with peacebuilding, health, and GBV protection, which has yielded positive outcomes for retention of girls in schools, safer sanitation facilities, and mitigation of water-borne diseases. We are expanding our operations in remote areas where conventional water provision methods e.g. through boreholes etc. are difficult.
The contextual challenges entail our peacebuilding interventions build a balance between preservation of peace at the national and local level. Despite the fragile situation in the country, the central goal of this programme is promote harmonious relations amongst citizens through inclusive local and national level peacebuilding structures that serve as neutral forums for the reconciliation process. We work with local authorities as well as churches and peace committees, especially women in relation to UNSCR 1325, as transformative agents for sustainable peace, and lobby for electoral and constitutional reform.
South Sudan has one of the world’s lowest human development indicators painting a bleak picture for maternal and child health. Our commitment is to reduce maternal and child mortality through the provision of safe reproductive healthcare, in collaboration with CSO, churches, and respective local and national governmental bodies to secure ownership, sustainability, and policy alignment.
Currently, we are piloting a programme the provision of formal education to potential midwives through “low dose high frequency” practical maternal/child skills, with possible expansion in 2017. Home Health Promoters (HHPs) are trained to help communities be proactive in healthcare. Peer to peer groups such as school clubs especially for girls and youth clubs serve as forums to discuss challenges of early marriage and adolescent pregnancies.
The quality of education and competence of teachers is dismally low in the country. We have developed a joint consortium with Strømme Foundation and University College Oslo and Akershus to develop a comprehensive capacity development programme for improving access to and quality of teachers training and education in South Sudan. The full program offers pre-service teacher training, in-service teacher training, community-based teacher training and academic training of education professionals through a Master’s program.
Protracted conflict and lack of skilled capacities hamper emergency response mechanisms. Therefore, our emergency preparedness plan is based on a bottom-up approach encouraging communities to be resilient, take charge to define their needs and lead the response. We prioritise WASH interventions in our emergency response to provide appropriate, relevant, timely and adequate relief to the vulnerable victims of conflict and climate change. Additionally, we preposition stocks of NFIs in strategic areas for quick deployment and distribution. Gender/conflict sensitivity, Protection, Do No Harm (DNH) and capacity development of churches and local partners are a crucial part of our response. We work closely with South Sudan ACT forum members and with UN coordination forums at both the national level in Juba and at State level in Warrap, Jonglei and Eastern Equatoria. We are the lead agency in NFI and WASH cluster, and participate in Health and Protection clusters.
Our presence in South Sudan dates back to 1970s. Currently, we have a two-pronged strategy to strengthen citizen's active participation for peace and equitable development, where we work with relevant stakeholders at the local and national level. At community level, we work with beneficiaries to build localized structures for conflict mitigation by attempting a possible merger of traditional and formal authority. Nationally, we work with Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), constituting a key entry-point for a crosscutting agenda of peacebuilding.
Nationally, we work with our church partners and faith-based platforms for peacebuilding and provide emergency assistance to conflict and natural disaster prone states. Locally, we work in Eastern Equatoria, Warrap State, Greater Pibor Administrative Area.