Norwegian Church Aid in Sudan
- Presence established: 1971
- Funds used in 2018: 49.3 million NOK
NCA Sudan has been a key player among the humanitarian INGO community in the country. Its innovative responses and solutions in the provision of life-saving support to conflict affected communities throughout South and Central Darfur, through the Darfur Programme (DP), and White Nile and Kordofan states continue to achieve sustainable and durable results, in an ever-changing environment.
NCA Sudan’s core programmatic focus is to invigorate integrative program modalities between WASH, Economic Empowerment, and Health and Nutrition, for sustainability, localization and cost-effectiveness. There is a special emphasis on targeting women/girls, children and the youth through these programs.
WASH is NCA Sudan’s major program pioneering technological solutions and integrative program modalities to enhance the communities’ sense of ownership and empower target beneficiaries most affected by conflict. Such an approach not only revives social networks but also creates local grassroots capacities, necessary for project continuity. NCA Sudan is lauded as the first INGO to pilot solar powered water pumps to increase sustainable access to water. To date, the program has successfully installed 29 solar powered water systems.
NCA Sudan has been able to successfully implement localization approaches for community empowerment in this program. Community Health Committees (CHCs) are operational at each community where NCA supports a health facility, and monthly meetings with CHCs are conducted along with training to discuss opportunities, challenges and mitigation strategies. Revolving drug funds operated and supervised by the heath committees have been successful in providing reliable access to affordable medicines.
NCA Sudan boasts of a comprehensive emergency preparedness and response plan through high-level coordination among relevant stakeholders, allowing for simplified, swift and timely response. Especially in Darfur, NCA seeks to mainstream disaster preparedness and response across all thematic program activities and in all target communities. This has resulted in NCA Sudan’s access to challenging conflict areas through its partners that have built strong community relations. In addition, proactive interaction with IDP communities ensures improved results and serves as early warning systems for potential outbreak of conflict. NCA has built linkages with the state and the local grassroots organizations/CBOs in form of Disaster Risk Reduction Committees (DRRCs) to strengthen emergency preparedness and response at community level.
Every year, we provide humanitarian assistance for more than 500,000 conflict-affected people in Central and South Darfur and Kordofan.
Darfur states –core focus remains humanitarian aid with possible expansion to recovery.
Greater Kordofan - recovery and development work.
Possible extension to White Nile, where NCA will rely on ERRADA’s expertise in this area.
NCA has been working in Sudan since 1972, in close collaboration with local partners, governmental ministries and HAC, bringing together a wide array of expertise. Prior to South Sudan’s independence, NCA worked closely with Sudan Council of Churches (SCC), but currently we are cultivating cooperation with ERRADA, SCC’s humanitarian wing.
Norwegian Church Aid, with the support of The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is currently providing primary health care and nutritional services to internally displaced people and host communities in Central Darfur State, Sudan.
This 12-month program, funded by USAID OFDA, will provide life-saving services to 269,600 vulnerable people. With a focus on pregnant and lactating women, NCA staff is working with the Sudanese Ministry of Health to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and care for children with acute malnutrition.