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 June 16, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) and OCHA convened a high-level conference on the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan in Geneva, Switzerland. Attending donors pledged more than $275 million in support of the crisis response, including $133 million in additional FY 2015 support from the USG for populations affected by the crisis in South Sudan.
The new USG funding announced in Geneva includes $17.2 million from USAID/OFDA, approximately $97.6 million from USAID/FFP, and $18.5 million from State/PRM. Since December 2013, the USG has provided more than $1.2 billion in assistance for populations affected by the crisis in South Sudan.
Increased violence in Unity and Upper Nile states has prompted large-scale population displacement and hindered access to populations in need of humanitarian assistance, the UN reports. Since April, approximately 30,000 South Sudanese refugees have fled to Sudan, where many refugee-hosting sites will likely be rendered inaccessible with the onset of the June-to-October rainy season.
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. 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—compounded 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.
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.