We help build democratic societies

The Democratic Governance and Stabilisation Programme supports South Sudan as it builds democratic institutions and establishes sustainable, accountable and transparent governance and rule of law systems. UNDP has committed significant human, technical and financial resources to improving the performance of government institutions and processes. State-building is at the heart of UNDP’s commitment to South Sudan.

A key statebuilding strategy employed by UNDP has been supporting the government to identify its core functions. These core functions include ramped-up support to key areas such as rule of law, public finance management, public administration and the management of natural resources.

UNDP’s rule of law portfolio aims to facilitate a more predictable, accountable and effective rule of law response in a fragile context that is prone to recurrent insecurity and localized conflict. UNDP provides multi-faceted support to rule of law institutions, including the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Interior (police and prisons), the Judiciary of South Sudan and the Local Government Board. UNDP supports research and discussion on customary law at the community level.

UNDP supports a number of regular forums which bring together elected leaders and officials, increasing dialogue and accountability of government. The annual UNDP-supported Governors’ Forums continue to be a great success. 

Current Challenges

  • 42 percent of civil servants have primary school education only.
  • Only 12 percent of the population are paid employees.
  • Only 1 percent of households have a bank account.
  • An estimated 25 percent of people have access to health services.

Key Achievements

  • Training has been provided to all ten State Legislative Assemblies in their oversight and representation functions.
  • Major boost in expansion of law enforcement capacity and coverage, with 61 new police stations and posts currently being constructed across 10 states.
  • Ten Commissioners' Forums, one per state, are held annually, allowing for state-level dialogue on policy issues between the county governments.
  • Deployment of up to 200 civil servants into government ministries and organizations, boosting capacity to deliver basic services and manage state finances.
  • UNDP’s South Sudan Recovery Fund Stabilization Programmes supported construction of 22 public administration and rule of law infrastructures (4 county headquarters, 11 police stations and 7 courts).
  • UNDP also supported construction of 338 km roads (140km in Eastern Equatoria, 113km in Lakes, 70km in Warrap and 15km in Jonglei) and 34 water points (28 for human consumption and 6 (30,000m3 each for cattle watering) in the remote and conflict prone areas of Eastern Equatoria, Jonglei, Lakes and Warrap states.
  • UNDP also supported construction of the Jonglei state managed radio station- a platform for peacebuilding and conflict mitigation through improved access to information, educational programmes and peacebuilding messages.