How You Can Help
Many non-governmental relief and charitable organizations (NGOs) are at work in South Sudan. Their names and activities may be found on the South Sudan tab on ReliefWeb, through a search on South Sudan at GlobalGiving, and through InterAction’s member directory. If a comprehensive list of organizations becomes available, we will feature it here.
In the meantime, organizations listed on the resources above are experienced and have been fully vetted. Donors who would like to know more about NGOs they are considering for support may find detailed financial and programmatic information at www.givewell.org, www.charitynavigator.org, www.charitywatch.org, and the Better Business Bureau, www.bbb.org.
On August 26, Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GoRSS) President Salva Kiir signed a peace agreement that the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) and other stakeholders signed on August 17. However, local and international media have reported violations of the cease fire agreement in recent days.
The USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) projects that South Sudan’s food-insecure population will likely reduce in the coming months in line with seasonal trends, barring an increase in violence. The majority of this reduction is projected to be due to improvements outside of the Greater Upper Nile region; FEWS NET anticipates that the region’s most conflict-affected areas will continue to face Emergency—IPC 4—levels of food insecurity through December due to ongoing conflict, humanitarian access challenges, and below-average harvest yields.
The UN Interagency Standing Committee voted to extend South Sudan’s Level 3 (L3) crisis designation.
Since gaining independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011, South Sudan has confronted a number of humanitarian challenges, including population movements and returnee integration. Ongoing conflict in Sudan’s Two Areas of Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan continues to result in refugee flows into South Sudan, straining scarce resources. In addition, many of the people displaced by violence in 2011 from areas north of the River Kiir in the disputed Abyei Area continue to reside in South Sudan. In the two and a half years since people of South Sudanese origin began returning from Sudan on a large scale directly before and after independence, vulnerable communities in South Sudan have struggled to accommodate more than 700,000 new arrivals, many of whom are rebuilding lives and livelihoods with few resources from which to draw. Inter-communal violence and general insecurity also persist in several parts of the country, particularly in Jonglei State, where fighting has led to significant displacement and deteriorating humanitarian conditions.
Lingering effects from more than 20 years of north-south conflict, poverty, and continued tension with Sudan, which led to a cessation of oil exports in 2012 that damaged South Sudan’s economy, compound the humanitarian situation. Confronting deteriorating economic conditions, populations are less able to cope with shocks and increasingly rely on the humanitarian community for basic food and non-food assistance. However, insecurity, bureaucratic harassment of relief organizations, logistical challenges, and Government of the Republic of South Sudan-imposed restrictions constrain humanitarian activities across the country, hindering the delivery of critical assistance to populations in need.
Additional background info can be found on USAID/OFDA’s South Sudan web page at:
About USAID CIDI: USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 one month after Hurricane Gilbert made landfall as a Category 5 storm that affected 10 countries. An outpouring of unsolicited donations took up space needed to stage and deliver life-saving relief supplies, and USAID and other responders spent valuable time managing unneeded clothing, expired medicine, and other non-critical items. USAID established the Center to educate the public about the advantages of giving monetary donations to relief organizations and the downside of donating unsolicited material goods.