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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 2021.


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, that has since forced over four million people to flee to neighbouring countries and to other parts of the country. More than 1.6 million people remain internally displaced, with 75 per cent living in host communities and the remaining 25 per cent living in camp-like settings, including IDP sites (formerly Protection of Civilians sites). Recently, unprecedented recurrent flooding has continued to force more people to flee their homes.

Active military flighting has been notably reduced since the formation of the transitional unity government in February 2020. However, sub-national and local conflicts are on the rise.

The number of people living with crisis-level acute food insecurity or worse has increased from 5.8 million people for the period December 2020 – March 2021 to 7.24 million people in the period April – July 2021.

  • 74,866
    people benefited from our education programme
  • 395,343
    people benefited from our food security programme
  • 193,500
    people benefited from our shelter programme
  • 40,066
    people benefited from our ICLA programme
  • 259,575
    people benefited from our WASH programme


NRC's operation

NRC operates through static and mobile modes of response to both protracted and acute emergencies. Access constraints, like bureaucratic impediments and insecurity, continue to heavily affect the overall humanitarian operation and the ability to reach people in critical need.

NRC is able to reach people with lifesaving aid through our rapid mobile response emergency teams on the ground. This is one of our largest activities in South Sudan and it enables us to reach vulnerable people in remote areas.

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 of protection, shelter/NFI and WASH clusters at the national level. Through Conflict Analyst, NRC provides conflict and context analysis to all humanitarian actors, donors, and diplomatic missions in South Sudan to inform the humanitarian response. NRC is a Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) member of education and protection clusters.  


About NRC in South Sudan

International staff
Areas of operation
Juba (Country office), Aweil (Northern Bahr el Ghazal), Alek ( Warrap state), Wau (Western Bahr el Ghazal), Akobo, Bor, Twic east and Duk (Jonlei state), Mayom/MankienKoch and Leer (Unity state), Kajo Keji (Central Equatoria)uk (Jonlei state), Akobo, Mayom/Mankien and Koch (Unity state).
Budget 2020
USD 18.9 million
National staff

NRC in South Sudan

Country Director

Kennedy Mabonga


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