South Sudan

Programme areas and target groups

  • Jonglei State: Bor South and Pibor counties
  • Central Equatoria State: Terekeka County

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

Even though a National Unity Government was formed early 2020, there is still a lot of conflict. Parties that were not included in the peace talks continue fighting and levels of community-based violence have soared. In addition 2019 and 2020 brought unprecedented flooding to the country, destroying the livelihoods of many. This and the Covid-19 pandemic caused the humanitarian crisis to intensify and expand. In 2020 there are an estimated 7.5 million people in need of assistance.

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, particularly in Jonglei State. 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, which includes informing people about how to protect themselves against Covid-19.

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

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 ZOA’s 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 EuropeAid, CSF, World Renew/Canadian Foodgrains Bank, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the German Foreign Office, Stichting Pharus, Stichting Channah, EO Metterdaad, ZOA Netherlands and ZOA Business Ambassadors.