After decades of conflict, South Sudan - which gained independence in 2011 - appeared to be on the path to recovery when, in December 2013, the state descended again into civil war. The young country continues to lead the list of the world's most fragile states, and despite the peace deal between the Government and the armed SPLA-IO (in opposition), which was signed in August 2015 after over 20 months of fighting, the country continues to be ravaged by conflict.
Humanitarian access to people in need remains difficult, with several million people displaced in hard to reach places. Human rights abuses and violations of International Humanitarian Law are widespread whilst the safety and welfare of civilians as well as of humanitarian workers is precarious. 2015 has seen a deterioration of the humanitarian situation with currently more than 2 million forcibly displaced and 3.9 million severely food-insecure.
Due to the prevailing security situation in South Sudan, many of the 140 international humanitarian agencies present in the country are restricted in their access to those areas where aid is actually most needed. This leads in many cases to remote management approaches, which puts considerable responsibility on the 160 national partner NGOs, or on the national staff of international NGOs. The need to build the capacity of national humanitarian aid workers remains enormous in light of the complete lack of formal vocational training or higher education in the country.
Since RedR UK started operating in South Sudan in August 2011, we have been developing the skills and capacity of national and international NGOs, community members, and local government staff.
Currently RedR continues to offer open and tailor-made trainings, which meet the needs of local aid workers and aid agencies, and equip them to deliver aid more effectively and safely. During 2015, almost 60 humanitarian workers were trained to enhance their security and project management capacities.