The Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS) is implementing a Local Government and Service Delivery Project (LGSDP) financed by the World Bank as well as the bi-lateral donor Denmark. LGSDP is implemented on behalf of GRSS by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP) in collaboration with the Local Government Board (LGB). For external communication, in the Project logo etc., the abbreviation LOGOSEED is used.
The Project Development Objective of LGSDP is “to improve local governance and service delivery in participating counties in South Sudan”. Key results to be achieved include: (a) more inclusive and participatory local planning, implementation and accountability processes that also address local drivers of conflict; (b) improved county government functionality and capacities through ‘learning by doing‘; (c) a more predictable and transparent system of transfers to county governments; and (d) expanded access to services in counties covered by the Project.
The project consists of 4 components:
Block grants for Payam Development used for small infrastructural projects in line with local government and community responsibility;
Community Engagement through which citizens participate in selecting their priorities, planning and overseeing implementation;
Institutional strengthening that supports capacity building for local governments in planning and budgeting, procurement, engineering, contract management, environmental and social safeguards, financial management, and monitoring and evaluation functions;
Managerial arrangements for the three components above, comprising of the Project Management Unit (PMU) in support of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP) and Local Government Board (LGB) and State Coordination Offices located in the State Ministries of Local Government
Lakes State was selected to be one of the pilot States for this project and Across was selected to be the Facilitating Partner and is operating in 3 locations namely: Yirol West, Rumbek East and Wulu.
Across is facilitating Community Engagement is 9 Payams in the three Counties with a total of 27 Bomas.
Goal: Unconditionally accepted children using their God given gifts and bringing others to Him
Joint project with Warchild Holland as lead partners, and 3 other NGO/CBOs. The project focus: enabling children to respectfully and appropriately have a voice and participate at all levels of society, from home, school, church, wider community, dealing with child protection issues, and helping the community to develop a reporting and monitoring mechanism.
CM worked with 3 PAP communities where children: have discussed a topic that they would like to address, have made a drama about it and presented, and led discussions with the adults using questions. Many adults are now involved in addressing issues raised.
Lun: Children's voices are being heard. During a meeting to discuss fixing a small bridge on the road, it was a child's suggestion which was taken up and used to fix the bridge. After one training a boy of 14 years said, “Dare to be different is my motto. I will decide to stand on what I believe is OK for my life, and be committed to it even if friends are not following me.“
Challenges: A major has been lack of funds to run projects other than those funded by Warchild (project ends in 2015). No funds for 2016 yet.
Integrated Response Program is being implemented in two refugee camps of (Lasu, Gorom) and urban refugees in Juba town with integrated program interventions. The intervention sectors are education, health and HIV, livelihood, WASH, community services and protection to support the refugees achieve self-reliance. The refugees in the two camps of Gorom and Lasu are from Ethiopia (from Gambella) and from Congo respectively. The urban refugees are drawn from other different countries.
Goal/Objective of IR: Program goal/expected impact is work towards empowering the people of concern to become self-reliant and enhance their access to the right to work, supplementary food support, land and shelter and farming, potable water and sanitation facilities, health services and education.
The Specific objectives are:
Population has optimal access to education
Health status of the population improved
Nutritional wellbeing improved
Risk of GBV (Gender Based Violence) are reduced and quality of response improved
Protection of children strengthened
Community mobilization strengthened and expanded
Supply of potable water increased or obtained
Population lives in satisfactory conditions of sanitation and hygiene
Population has sufficient basic domestic and hygiene items
Services for groups with specific needs strengthened