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The currency of connections: Why local support systems are integral to helping people recover in South Sudan

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The purpose of this report is to give aid actors insights into localized social protection and support systems in South Sudan and the ways in which humanitarian aid, including cash transfer programming, can both complement and disrupt these systems. The authors hope that this report, and others in this series, will enable donors and aid…

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‘Anything that was breathing was killed’: War crimes in Leer and Mayendit

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In late April 2018, South Sudan government forces and their allied militias launched an offensive on Leer and Mayendit counties, in southern Unity state, which continued throughout May and June. Based on interviews with around 100 displaced people from Leer and Mayendit, this briefing describes how government forces and their allied militias attacked villages in…

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The resilience of integrated community case management in acute emergency: A case study from Unity State, South Sudan

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An active conflict in South Sudan in late 2013/early 2014 dis-placed approximately 2 million people over the course of several months. In May 2015, the International Rescue Committee and UNICEF conducted a mixed-methods case study of the impact of that acute emergency on integrated community case management (iCCM) of childhood illness programming in Payinjiar County,…

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Conflict and Hunger: The Lived Experience of Conflict and Food Insecurity in South Sudan

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As the global community strives to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 2) of ending hunger, progress is being fundamentally undermined by conflict. This report seeks to understand: i) how conflict affects different individuals’, groups’ and communities’ experience of hunger and food insecurity differently; ii) the different mechanisms by which conflict affects food security across the…

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Endline Report – South Sudan: Women’s Participation Pilot Project

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This report outlines findings from an endline study conducted in September 2017, to explore what change, if any, had occurred in how women and girls participate in the camp life and camp governance and how they relate to their perceptions of safety, as a result of these pilot strategies. At the time of the endline…

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Vegetation monitoring in refugee-hosting areas in South Sudan

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Mass population displacements put additional stress on the ecosystems and often lead to conflicts with the host communities, especially in the case of large refugee or Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps. Therefore, there is need for the assessment of environmental impacts and, based on this, the sustainable management of natural resources between host and refugee…

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Cash-based Programmes and Conflict: Key areas of interaction and options for conflict-sensitive programming in South Sudan

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This research was conducted by Dr. Edward Thomas, Ranga Gworo of the Conflict Sensitivity Resource Facility (CSRF) and Kiden Grace Wani of the World Food Programme (WFP) in February and March 2018, and funded by the UK, Swiss, Canadian and Netherlands Donor Missions in South Sudan. Cash-based programmes can help poor households address food insecurity,…

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Remembering the Ones We Lost

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Remembering The Ones We Lost is a public memorial that aims to name all victims of conflict and armed violence in South Sudan.

This initiative hopes to bring attention to the shared suffering, give additional meaning to cries for peace and be a tool for understanding and reconciliation amongst South Sudanese individuals and communities.

As such, the website allows individuals and communities to provide the names of people killed in armed conflicts through filling of the testimonial form via email, SMS and twitter. The project compiles the names of all people who have died in armed struggle since 1955 to-date and generalized armed violence.

You can participate in the project by visiting the project website and submitting the name of someone who is lost and/or by offering a memorial tribute.

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South Sudan – Unity State Assessment of Hard-to-Reach Areas in South Sudan

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Conflict in Unity State broke out in late December 2013, only days after the current conflict began in Juba. Since then, the state has been one of the worst affected by the conflict, and currently hosts the highest reported numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country. Many areas in Unity are largely inaccessible…

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Dynamics of youth and violence: Findings from Rubkona County, Unity State

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The report explores some of the issues facing male youth in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Bentiu Protection of Civilian (POC) site and in both urban and rural areas of Rubkona county. First, the report explores meanings of “youth” as a social category and dynamics of youth and violence in the current…

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Contesting the Militarization of the Places Where They Met: the Landscapes of the Western Nuer and Dinka (South Sudan)

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Decades of militarized, violent conflict and elite wealth acquisition have created a common rupture in shared landscapes between communities of the western Dinka and Nuer (South Sudan). Through the remaking of these landscapes, governments and their wars have indirectly reshaped political identities and relationships. Networks of complex relationships have used this space for migration, marriage,…

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Livelihoods and conflict in South Sudan

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This briefing paper recommends a rethink in the way that aid actors approach questions of recovery and livelihood. Rather than a simplistic either/ or approach, what is needed is a much more localised and deeper analysis of conflict, inter-communal grievances and inter-communal relations.

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Perceptions of Transitional Justice in South Sudan

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This report investigates people’s perceptions and experiences of truth, justice and reconciliation in relation to the past and present conflicts in South Sudan. The main data-collection was undertaken by means of a survey, for which 1,912 respondents were interviewed in November and early December 2015 in Juba town, Juba Protection of Civilian site (POC), Wau town and Bentiu POC. Qualitative information was gathered during subsequent interviews and workshops aimed at sharing, fine-tuning and verification of findings.

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South Sudan: Justice and Reconciliation in a Divided Country

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This policy brief presents the results of the conference “South Sudan: Justice and Reconciliation in a Divided Country” in Nairobi, Kenya on September 27, 2016 and the Hague, The Netherlands on 4th October 2016. The conference discussed the findings of the research project “Intersections of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in South Sudan.” Download

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Customary Protection? Chiefs’ courts as public authority in UN Protection of Civilian sites in South Sudan

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This paper examines the initiatives of people living in PoC sites – functionally, internally displaced people (IDPs) – to invigorate their own authority structures and security and justice mechanisms. In particular, we focus upon the practices of customary chiefs’ courts. Download

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Cross-border peace markets, 1990-2005

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In 1990-1991, following years of devastating conflict and displacement in the border regions, a number of border communities from both sides of the conflict lines came together and agreed rules for trade and peaceful livestock migration. The agreements tended to have the following characteristics:

  • A civilian managed and weapon-free joint market.
  • A security guarantee from local military authorities.
  • A Joint-Border Court composed of senior traditional leaders from all communities, tasked with settling issues that arise involving members of different communities.

The initiative was fully led and owned by communities and demonstrates that when cross-line communities recognise their own mutual interests are stronger than those that divide them, it can be possible to cooperate and build strong relationships.

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