A Milestone in Public Financial ManagementPlanning and financial management is a critical core governance function that provides a system to prioritize development needs, allocate resources efficiently and strategize for the future. To strengthen the planning and financial management systems it is necessary to assess fiduciary and other risks associated with the use of public funds so they may be mitigated.
Bridging the gap in maternal health careA few months ago, the Bentiu Hospital was full to the brim with expectant mothers, but had few fully trained nurses and midwives to assist with the births. The Ministry of Health in Unity State knew it had to do something to address the shocking rate of maternal mortality it was witnessing. South Sudan as a nation experiences one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the world, and its effects are devastating.
Community security through cooperationThe state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal in South Sudan presents many challenging problems for the newly-formed police force. The state borders Darfur in Sudan, as well as the contested region of Abyei. Tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees have returned across the border from the north following South Sudan’s independence in July, there are critical shortages of basic services, violent tribal conflict persists in the region, and there is little presence of government or rule of law in people’s lives.
Fighting HIV/AIDS through awareness and treatmentVirginia Kamonji arrived in Rumbek in July as a UN Volunteer to help the Government in fighting HIV and Tuberculosis. With support through the Global Fund to Fight AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), she has been working hard on multiple fronts to raise awareness, reduce stigma and improve access to HIV care and treatment.
Land management supporting sustainable development“In order to ensure better service delivery, it is crucial to sensitize our people on their rights, responsibilities and limitations in regards to land administration, as well as clarify and interpret the clauses in the Land Act” stated the Honourable Kuot Mawien Kuot, State Minister of Physical Infrastructure for Warrap State.
Raising Awareness, Decreasing StigmaDuring her last pregnancy, Alice became ill and visited her local hospital for testing where she found out that she had both HIV and tuberculosis (TB). Her husband had recently died and left her to care for their four young children on her own. While her father took care of the children, Alice received three months of treatment at her local hospital. Today, she is healthier, stronger and energetic.
South Sudan one year after independence: Increasing non-oil revenuesInvesting in the Government’s capacity for planning and financial management, oversight and accountability puts in place a strong foundation for long term statebuilding, and now is even more urgent following austerity measures enacted after the nation’s oil shutdown in January 2012, which accounted for 98 percent of its revenue.