Japan contributes US$5 million to strengthen community security and rule of law in South Sudan

17 Apr 2012

The Government of Japan has released US$5 million to support key UNDP projects that will strengthen community security and rule of law in South Sudan.  The funding from the Japan Supplementary Budget will support two on-going projects, the Community Security and Arms Control (CSAC) project and the Support to Access to Justice and Rule of Law project.  This funding will build capacity of various Government departments at both the national and state level through technical and institutional support from UNDP. 

UNDP, under the CSAC project, provides technical and institutional support to the Bureau for Community Security and Small Arms Control at the national and state level.  It also provides support to six state offices of the South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission in developing and implementing conflict transformation strategies.  This funding will support the Government in conducting consultations at the sub-county level to prioritize localized conflict sensitive development projects in the six states of Eastern Equatoria, Jonglei, Lakes, Unity, Upper Nile and Warrap.

The funding will also help roll out a national public information campaign that seeks to raise community awareness about the threats from possessing and using small arms and light weapons.  This will benefit the current Government’s campaigns aimed at collecting unauthorized weapons that fuel inter-tribal conflict.

Japan’s support for the Access to Justice and Rule of Law project will provide the judiciary with a technical advisor on court management and administration, disseminate key legal documents to courts across South Sudan, and help build the capacity of judges in implementation of new laws, court management and case administration.