Community Security and Arms Control

Supporting conflict prevention activities

The Community Security and Arms Control (CSAC) Project fosters the extension of state authority by supporting county consultations to understand the needs of the community and give  state and local governments the opportunity to deliver services that meet these needs, thus undermining the demand or civilian use of small arms. Since 2009, CSAC has supported the Bureau for Community Security and Small Arms Control (BCSSAC) and the South Sudan Peace Commission (SSPC) to address the root causes of armed violence, implement conflict-sensitive development projects and employ peacebuilding measures at the county level.  The implementation of these ‘conflict-sensitive development projects’ provides an opportunity for ‘taking government to the people’ and is an important ingredient in establishing a social contract between the people and their government.  


Reviews of the conflict-sensitive projects have in Upper Nile, Jonglei and Eastern Equatoria indicated satisfaction from communities and local government counterparts.  Key achievements include: 

  • Police posts and prisons increased the engagement between communities and the police, deterred violent attacks and facilitated prisoners to be separated from the rest of the community. As a result, there was a rise in basic services and residential tukuls, improved markets/trading points and local government buildings were constructed as people could invest in their communities. 
  • Radio communications and transportation equipment was provided. To enhance police capability to reach conflict-prone regions and conduct patrols. These also improved response time to criminal incidents and other emergencies.
  • Mechanized farming, through the provision of tractors, helped increase the harvest during the first year by an estimated additional 3,000 feddans. Two counties in Eastern Equatoria reported a direct increase in household income and a reduction in sexual/gender-based violence amongst members of women’s groups who now farm within the protection of their own community.
  • Water points and boreholes, a direct lifeline for communities, were constructed in critical areas where previous competition over water resources resulted in violent conflict. Boreholes constructed in the vicinity of police posts helped build trusting relationships between communities and the police. 

Findings from community consultations have directly informed other projects and programmes within and external to UNDP. This allowed partners to coordinate around communities’ and local governments’ security needs.

CSAC supported the SSPC in drafting  a new strategy, methodology and selection processes for a new peace training programme, which will be implemented through the development of peace cadres/committees at the county level.

Project Overview
Project Name
Community Security and Arms Control
Project start date
1 January 2011
Estimated end date
31 December 2013
Geographic coverage
Eastern Equatoria
Upper Nile
Warrap States
UNDAF outcome
Outcome 4: Violence is reduced and community security improved
Focal point
Amanuel Gebremedhin
Team Leader
Conflict Prevention and Recovery Unit
Bureau for Community Security and Small Arms Control (BCSSAC)
South Sudan Peace Commission (SSPC)
Donors (in USD)
UK (DFID) --- 5,888,093.52
EU --- 1,127,598.10
US --- 395,900.00
Norway --- 4,026,372.55
The Netherlands --- 5,116,030.22
Japan --- 170,509.85
Budget (2013)
USD 20,208,269