South Sudan

South Sudan became the world’s newest nation and Africa’s 55th country on July 9, 2011. Renewed conflicts in December 2013 and July 2016 have undermined the development gains achieved since independence and worsened the humanitarian situation. However, the gradual implementation of the September 2018 peace agreement, including the formation of the unity government in February 2020 and agreement on the number of states, provides hope for a more positive economic situation.

Country facts


11 193 725

Live in extreme poverty

Above 15 years of age cannot read or write

186 of 189
Human Development Index

Our work

Worked here since

Women and girls

Below 18 years

6 Local partners

Selected results (2019):

313 students were admitted to one of the supported teacher-training colleges.

205 young people, 128 boys and 77 girls, completed a vocational education.

500 children, 340 boys and 160 girls, started at kindergarten.

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While independence was achieved through great sacrifice, there is still insecurity in many parts of the country, with resulting armed struggles which have continued to drag the country into its current and third civil warMany people have had to flee from their homes in their search for safety, families have been destabilised following the death of key breadwinners. This has in turn left behind a generation of fatherless/motherless children and youth with no one to direct them on a clear life path.

The corruption index of South Sudan is one of the lowest in the world, with a score of 12/100. The main types of corruption include bureaucratic corruption, patronage, political corruption, and embezzlement, mainly in the sectors of extractives, public financial management, and police and security forces.

Almost 4 million people remain displaced by the humanitarian crisis, with nearly 1.6 million people displaced internally and some 2.26 million refugees in six neighbouring countries. Women and children continue to be the most affected (2020).

Intervention implemented include:

Teacher Training. In partnership with the government of South Sudan (Ministry of General Education and Instructions/MoGEI), SF continues with the development and reinstatement of the national teacher-training institutions, with the goal of improving the quality of teaching at primary schools through increased access to good-quality teacher training.

Bonga and Vocational Skills training continue to be a major focus because the communities place less importance on girl education.  It also equips the many idle adolescent girls and boys with basic literacy, numeracy, life, and vocational skills so that they can become responsible citizens who are able to fend for themselves. 

The Community Managed Saving groups (CMSG) programme focuses on helping people set up stable income- generating activities with an element of food security in order to boost their welfare. This will be for both the refugees and those living in the host communities. SF has programmes reaching out to the refugee communities and their host communities in the West Nile region in Uganda and other regions in which they have settled.

Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme: There are many more children in the IDP camps than the provided schools have the capacity to admit. The ECD programme is integrated with nutrition and health programmes to curb the high incidence of nutritional related diseases.


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