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NRC in South Sudan

In the world's youngest state, a devastating conflict continues to displace millions.


A total of


people in need received our assistance in 2020.


Humanitarian overview

In 2011, South Sudan gained independence from Sudan, leading to an end to Africa's longest civil war. Two years later, violent conflict broke out after a political disagreement between President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar, which has since forced over four million people to flee their homes. More than two million fled to neighbouring countries and more than 1.9 million were internally displaced.

The parties in the South Sudan civil war signed a power-sharing deal in September 2018 and agreed to form a government of unity by 12 May 2019. The process showed little progress, which led to an extension of the deadline to late 2019, which has since been further extended to 22 February 2020. 

The food insecurity situation continued to deteriorate in 2019. According to IPC, 60 per cent of the population were estimated to face crisis (IPC level 3) from May to July 2019. This has been worsened by the floods that affected more than five states in late 2019.

People we helped in South Sudan in 2020

people benefited from our education programme
people benefited from our food security programme
people benefited from our shelter programme
people benefited from our ICLA programme


NRC's operation

NRC operates through static and mobile modes of response to both chronic and acute emergencies. Bureaucratic impediments heavily affect humanitarian response delivery by limiting free access to people affected and creating constraints to humanitarian organisations, including NRC.  

Our emergency teams on the ground deliver lifesaving aid. Our rapid response and mobile emergency interventions is one of our largest activities in South Sudan. We reach vulnerable people in remote areas that are difficult to access.

NRC EducationEducation

Our education projects provide children and youth with learning opportunities. We provide:

  • alternative education to those who have missed school
  • vocational training for youth
  • school meals
  • sanitation facilities and clean water in schools

NRC Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)

Our ICLA programmes provide:

  • information and training for communities to exercise their housing, land and property rights
  • help to resolve conflicts over land to promote peaceful coexistence in communities
  • support to displaced people to secure important legal documentation
  • technical support to relevant government agencies responsible for housing, land and property policy

NRC Livelihoods and food securityLivelihoods and food security

Our programmes:

  • distribute emergency food supplies in remote hard-to-reach areas
  • provide cash/voucher and seeds to help families meet their immediate and intermediate food and other basic needs
  • support people in getting a livelihood by giving training in agricultural production.
  • help farmers gain access to markets and financing through saving and loan schemes

NRC Shelter and settlementsShelter and settlements

Our shelter staff:

  • distribute shelters and NFI kits for newly displaced people and returnees
  • train people how to build, repair and improve their shelters
  • construct schools and classrooms that are appropriate to the local context

NRC Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion

Our WASH projects provide displaced people with:

  • clean water and sanitation facilities
  • WASH kits
  • knowledge about safe hygiene practices


Humanitarian coordination

NRC in South Sudan is a co-lead by WASH and protection clusters at national level. NRC also provides policy and context analysis to all humanitarian actors, donors, diplomatic missions in South Sudan to inform the humanitarian response. NRC is a Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) member in Education and Protection Clusters. Additionally, NRC is represented on the steering committee of the NGO Forum at national level. 


NRC South Sudan is grateful for the generous support from our donors:
  • Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA)
  • Norwegian Agency for Development cooperation (Norad)
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) 
  • World Food Program (WFP)
  • European Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
  • European Union (EU)
  • South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF), managed by UNDP
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • UN Habitat
  • Australian Aid
  • US Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)

About NRC in South Sudan

International staff
Areas of operation
Juba (Country office), Aweil (Northern Bahr el Ghazal), Alek (Former Warrap state), Wau (Western Bahr el Ghazal), Bor, Twic East and Duk (Jonlei state), Akobo, Mayom/Mankien and Koch (Unity state).
Budget 2019
USD 21 million
National staff

NRC in South Sudan

Country Director

Alexander Davey


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