Where We Are - South Sudan

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Following the independence of South Sudan, there has been a shift of responsibility from the Italian Embassy  in Khartoum to the Italian Embassy/ Italian Development Cooperation Office (IDC) in Addis Ababa.
The Country strategy, as developed with local counterparts, is summarized in the ‘ Italian-Sudanese Development Cooperation Programme 2010-2011’. The Strategy, fully aligned with the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), focuses on the fight against poverty and the improvement of the poor livelihood standards of vulnerable groups.

The Italian Cooperation contributes to the international community efforts in assisting local populations with ongoing projects of about 22 million Euros, disbursed through the bilateral channel, including NGO contributions, and through the multilateral one.

Primary education and health, with a specific focus on the improvement of child and maternal health and child mortality reduction, represent the main sectors of intervention of the Italian Cooperation in the Country.

In the primary education sector, IDC is jointly realizing with UNOPS a 4.5 million Euro worth project to increase, especially among girls in the Lakes State and Eastern Equatoria, the school participation and enrollment.

The Italian Cooperation in South Sudan has a significant presence in the Lakes State, where efforts have been channeled in an integrated modality with a strong support and appreciation of the local authorities and of the communities.

In the Lakes State IDC has supported the strengthening of basic health services in Rumbek hospital, through a directly managed program worth about 3 million Euros. In the hospitals of Lui (Western Equatoria) and Yirol (Lakes State) the Italian Cooperation together with  CUAMM is also promoting the improvement of mother and child healthcare.

The presence of Italian NGOs in South Sudan is certainly relevant and they are well rooted into the local territory. The financial support of the Italian Cooperation to Italian NGOs initiatives is averaged above 4 million Euros.Currently, mainly in the health sector, there are about ten projects realized by Italian NGOs (AISPO , AVSI, CUAMM, CEFA, OVCI).

Furthermore, the Italian Cooperation is also actively involved in humanitarian response. In fact, throughout the past year the Italian Cooperation has financed WFP food security emergency reliefs for conflict affected population and IOM and UNHCR response to the refugees crisis in Blue Nile and Kordofan, as well as demining activities of UNMASS.

Moreover, in the framework of the United Nations appeals 2011 and 2012, Italy has pledged its contribution in two nutrition and child maternal health projects managed by UNICEF.


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