Winners of Youth Innovation Challenge to Engage in Peacebuilding through Youth-Led SACCO, and Comedy for Healing
Winners of Youth Innovation Challenge to Engage in Peacebuilding through Youth-Led SACCO, ICT Training, and Comedy for Healing

Participants receive certificates from the Chairperson of the South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission Hon. Chuol Rambang, the Chairperson of the Bureau of Community Security and Small Arms Control (BCSSAC) Lt. Gen. Andrew Kuol Nyuon, and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Eugene Owusu, at the awards ceremony of the Youth Innovation Challenge for Peace in Juba, South Sudan.

State Assembly Members Meet to Train on Building Transparent and Sustainable Non-Oil Revenue Generation Systems
State Assembly Members Meet to Train on Building Transparent and Sustainable Non-Oil Revenue Generation Systems

The workshop is part of UNDP’s multi-year effort, supported by the Government of Japan, to strengthen the ability of state governments to move towards non-oil revenues, sustainably expand the domestic resource base, and efficiently allocate these resources in a transparent and equitable manner for service delivery.

 Wrestling for Peace Competition Unites Yirol and Awerial Communities
Wrestling for Peace Competition Unites Yirol and Awerial Communities

Thousands of people from Yirol and Awerial communities gathered on Thursday for an unconventional peacebuilding activity: wrestling.

How the UNSCR1325 can help women in South Sudan? #16days

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) remains at crisis levels in South Sudan. Women become target during conflict. 25 November is the International Day to End Violence against Women, kicking off the #16days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. The National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security is designed to address this and must be implemented. Under UNSCR 1325, the Security Council reinforces the fact that in all armed conflicts women should not just be looked at as helpless victims of war and violence, but they should be fully recognized as having active and critical roles as peacebuilders, politicians, community leaders and activists and should be actively involved in all peace resolution and reconstruction processes.

First Cohort of 226 Inmates and Prison Staff Graduate from the Vocational Training Centre in Juba Central Prison

The National Prisons Service of South Sudan (NPSSS) feted the graduation of the first batch of 226 inmates and prison staff trained in eight trades at the Vocational Training Centre in Juba Central Prison.

South Sudan Institutions Reactivate the Justice, Law and Order Forum

The key government institutions empowered to protect, maintain and uphold the rule of law in South Sudan have reactivated the Justice, Law and Order Forum (JLOF) with a meeting including the Minister of Justice Hon. Paulino Unango Wanawilla, Minister of Gender Hon. Awut Deng Acuil, UNDP Country Director Kamil Kamaluddeen and Deputy Chief Justice Hon. John Gatwech Lul to highlight the importance of coordinating efforts to enforce the law in the country.

Jondoru Community of Rajaf Boma and UNDP Break Ground on New Market to Promote Peace

Members of the Jondoru community in Rajaf County gathered to celebrate the progress on the market, which aims to serve approximately nine thousand residents, as well as various additional communities in the county.

New Vocational Training Center and Market Shed Construction Begins in Aweil

Construction has begun on a new Vocational Training Center in Aweil, the first of its kind in Northern Bhar El Ghazal, as part of a recovery and stabilization initiative to help empower young men and women in South Sudan.

EMPRETEC and UNDP conclude training workshop on entrepreneurship
EMPRETEC and UNDP Conclude Training Workshop on Entrepreneurship

UNDP South Sudan recently concluded a 6-day training workshop on entrepreneurship as part of its new Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development Programme. The program resumes after its original launch in July, providing entrepreneurship training for the second cohort of 40 trainees.

Promoting Peace Through Technology and Innovation

A PeaceApp developed by 16 students from the University of Juba in the context of UNESCO’s YouthMobile Initiative has been launched at Regency Hotel in Juba, South Sudan.

Women Organizations, Universities, Private Sector, Civil Society and Media validate consultations on Sustainable Development Goals in South Sudan
Women Organizations, Universities, Private Sector, Civil Society and Media Validate Consultations on Sustainable Development Goals in South Sudan

The United Nations Development Programme and the South Sudanese Network for Democracy and Elections (SSUNDE) are organizing a series of validation workshops in Juba together with the aim of raising awareness and engaging on the global goals for sustainable development.

UNDP Celebrates UN Day with the UN Family and the People of South Sudan
UNDP Celebrates UN Day with the UN Family and the People of South Sudan

Under the theme “UN for the People of South Sudan”, UNDP joined the rest of the United Nations family to commemorate its 71st anniversary together with local communities, government counterparts, civil society organizations, and development partners. Abalo Grace Odera, tailoring trainer in UNDP Vocational Training Center at Juba Prison explained during the event how the UN have changed her life.

UNDP Country Director hands over furniture to the Ministry of Federal Affairs
UNDP Country Director Hands Over Furniture to the Ministry of Federal Affairs

UNDP’s Democracy Governance and Stabilization Unit works to support the establishment of conditions for peace and development in South Sudan. Today the team has provided a set of furniture to the newly formed Ministry of Federal Affairs (MoFedA).

Minister of Interior and UNDP New Country Director Visit Prisons Vocational Training Centre in Juba Central Prison
Minister of Interior and UNDP New Country Director Visit Prisons Vocational Training Centre in Juba Central Prison

The National Prisons Service of South Sudan, with support from UNDP, has established a well-equipped vocational training center at Juba Central Prison. In 2016, a first session of training was held from February to July. In the first session, 134 (10 female) inmates were trained in eight different vocational skills –carpentry, masonry, electrician, welding, vehicle mechanics, agriculture, hair dressing and tailoring – and are ready for graduation. A second batch of 143 (8 female) inmates has just started in the new round of training.

Interim Cooperation Framework of the United Nations Country Team Shows Determination to Strengthen Work with Government and Partners in South Sudan
Interim Cooperation Framework of the United Nations Country Team Shows Determination to Strengthen Work with Government and Partners in South Sudan

The United Nations Country Team in South Sudan, along with government leaders and other partners officially launched the Interim Cooperation Framework (ICF) at Juba Grand Hotel today. The Interim Cooperation Framework is the development strategy of the United Nations Country Team and functions as an interim framework in 2016 and 2017, which corresponds to the transitional period of the peace agreement.

UNDP South Sudan Welcomes New Country Director Mr. Kamil Kamaluddeen
UNDP South Sudan Welcomes New Country Director Mr. Kamil Kamaluddeen

The United Nations Development Programme welcomed Mr. Kamil Kamaluddeen to South Sudan as the agency’s new Country Director on Tuesday, 4 October. Mr. Kamaluddeen joins the South Sudan country office after a successful stint in Liberia.

High-Level Dialogue Held in South Sudan to Address National Action Plan on Ending Impunity for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
High-Level Dialogue Held in South Sudan to Address National Action Plan on Ending Impunity for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, in partnership with the United Nations, held a two-day high-level dialogue to discuss the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. The dialogue featured national leaders from government, military, law enforcement, civil society, and the United Nations speaking on the theme, “Addressing Impunity on Sexual and Gender Based Violence in South Sudan.

Dispatches from the IGAD Regional Initiative: Setting up a Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Juba, South Sudan
Dispatches from the IGAD Regional Initiative: Setting up a Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Juba, South Sudan

Ms. Teresia Chepkosgei Kenduiywo and Ms. Alice Alego Matole, Kenyan veterinary laboratory technologists with two decades of technical experience, arrived at Juba’s Central Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on October 2015, ready to mentor their South Sudanese peers on accurate animal disease diagnosis and effective laboratory management. Upon their arrival, both women were surprised to learn that the lab lacked something as essential as a microscope.