Governor of Northern Bar El-Ghazal State says international community should continue to support the people of South Sudan

31 Mar 2014

imageTraditional dancing in Northern Bar El-Ghazal (Credit: Sangita Khadka)

UNDP and UNMISS recently handed over a County Support Base (CSB) Portal to the State government in the presence of the community, customary authorities and local government of Gok Machar County in Northern Bahr El Ghazal, South Sudan.

With the support of the governments of Norway and Netherlands, UNDP’s Community Security and Arms Control (CSAC) project has so far completed the construction of 19 CSBs across South Sudan’s nine states and more is yet to come. CSB portals are intended to bring services closer to the people by providing the community and county-level government with additional infrastructure like office space, community halls, and water points which can enhance the capacity of county governments; and assist other development partners to co-locate at county level.

By establishing the CSBs in key counties—several of which are affected by conflict or expect a high number of returnees—the UN in South Sudan aims to help address the potential drivers of local conflict, strengthen subnational governments, and reduce the impediments to development and economic growth.

The State Governor of Northern Bar El-Ghazal, His Excellency Lt. Gen Paul Malong Awan acknowledged the ongoing development and humanitarian support from the UN and the international community. Thanking UNDP for its support to construct the CSB, he stated, “Northern Bar El-Ghazal is one of the peaceful States, and remained so even during the violent conflict that broke out in December. People here need good schools, hospitals and other basic services. The internal crisis will have to find an internal solution, however the international community should continue to support the people of South Sudan.”

UNDP Country Director Balázs Horváth reiterated UNDP’s continued early recovery and development support to the country. He stated, “It was the people and the government of Northern Bar El-Ghazal who expressed the need to have a CSB during community consultations facilitated by UNDP. The communities themselves are best placed to identify local solutions to their problems and UNDP supports their efforts.”

The situation across parts of South Sudan remains highly volatile following recent clashes in Upper Nile, Unity, and Jonglei states. Access constraints and obstacles continue to hamper the delivery of humanitarian aid by road, which may grind to a halt soon in many areas with the onset of the rainy season. UNDP in South Sudan continues to operate in the current crisis, supporting national, state and local governments to deliver development services, as well as community security and stabilization for at-risk communities.

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Please contact: Sangita Khadka, Communications Specialist, UNDP South Sudan sangita.khadka@undp.org