Laura Poni Hatim is a married mother of five children, two boys and three girls. She is a social worker at the Special Protection Unit of the State Ministry of Education, Gender and Social Welfare office in Yambio. Every morning she leaves her children with their grandmother and walks 45 minutes to reach her office where she is completely dedicated to supporting and assisting victims of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
Although the challenges facing South Sudan may seem daunting, progress has been made in building government capacity, fostering livelihoods, supporting needed health services, giving communities a voice and promoting the rule of law.
In February 2011, Western Equatoria State established a State Revenue Authority (WESRA), to administer the collection of taxes, as well as customs and excise duties. WESRA marked the beginning of a remarkable process of organisational development, which has seen a transformation of the state government's capacity to collect and manage revenue. Until WESRA was formed, state revenue was virtually zero. In just four months, the State Revenue Authority increased state revenue to approximately US$ 850,000.