South Sudan

Programme areas and target groups

  • Greater Upper Nile Region: Bor South, Fangak, Leer, Pibor and Akobo Counties
  • Greater Equatoria Region: Lainya and Terekeka Counties

We work with IDPs, returnees and host communities.

ZOA South Sudan is active in several sectors:

  • Food security & Livelihoods
  • Peacebuilding
  • WASH

What do we do in South Sudan

As the conflict in South Sudan enters its fifth year in 2018, the humanitarian crisis has continued to intensify and expand. The compounding effects of widespread violence and sustained economic decline have further diminished the capacity of people to face threats to their health, safety and livelihoods. For 2018 there are up to 7 million people in need of assistance. Despite several international initiatives to negotiate a peace agreement, the crisis in South Sudan continues to deepen.

Relief and recovery

The majority of South Sudanese depend on agriculture-based livelihoods which cannot be maintained once they are displaced, which means that these communities become extremely vulnerable. The levels of acute malnutrition are very high. ZOA has to increasingly put its focus on integrated emergency relief. Given the current context it is ZOA’s aim is to use a blended approach: to expand the disaster response activities in South Sudan, while at the same time continuing working on recovery projects as far as the context allows.

Food distributions and access to markets

ZOA works in vulnerable areas to ensure people have access to safe drinking water and hygienic sanitation facilities, and improve their hygiene practices.

Mr. Majak, Chair of the Makuach Producer Association: ''We are grateful that ZOA has trained us on how to improve our sorghum production and very happy that they provided a ready market for our products.''

To secure food availability through provision of emergency cash or food distributions to affected households, and to support local farmers to increase food production and for surplus production to improve access to the market, including provision of seeds and tools.

Working with Civil Society Organisations

In Education, ZOA rehabilitates affected schools and supports parent teacher associations with basic trauma care skills.

ZOA implements relief and recovery programs directly and in close collaboration with National NGOs. Capacity building of Civil Society Organisations is at the heart of ZOAs mandate.  In South Sudan, our focus is to support sustainable and effective grassroots organisations and enable them to advocate on behalf of the communities they represent to the Government. In addition these organisations will be equipped to implement quality programmes.

Donors and partners

We work with funding from, and in cooperation with Europe-Aid, CSF, UNICEF, Bijzondere Noden, Woord & Daad, ZOA Netherlands, ZOA Business Ambassadors