Japan and UNDP hand over protective emergency equipment to affected communities in Mingkaman

Mar 4, 2016

A graduate speaking to a local community radio about the livelihoods skills training she received.

The Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan, Kiya Masahiko, and UNDP’s Country Director, Balazs Horvath, have formally handed over protective emergency equipment and supplies from the Government of Japan to local authorities, beneficiaries and host communities in Mingkaman, Awerial County.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hon. Awut Deng, senior government officials, and the executive director of the implementing agency - the Nile Hope Organization were present to witness delivery of the assistance from the Japanese government.

Launched in July 2015, the project, “Food Security, Emergency Flood Response and Recovery” is funded by the Government of Japan to the tune of USD 4.8m and implemented under the umbrella of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management. The project aims to strengthen national and local institutions as well as community capacity to respond to floods and food insecurity. 

Japanese Ambassador, speaking on behalf of his government, said at the handover and graduation on Wednesday Japan was hoping to strengthen its relationship with the government and people of South Sudan to build resilience and self-reliance.

“Japan has been supporting this country in many ways, but one of the most important support we believe is to support South Sudanese to support themselves. We support your country so that you do need any support, we support you to be independent, really independent, and that is Japan’s wish.”

The handover of the equipment included 3600 assorted agricultural tools, 300 large size tents, 7000 mosquito nets, 3600 tarpaulins and fishing kits. The project targets 7500 direct and 42000 indirect beneficiaries, including 50 farming households.

“Our experience has demonstrated that improved resilience and food security contribute to improved communal relations and durable social-economic solutions, “said Paul Biel, Country Director of the Nile Hope.

As part of the celebration, the honorable Minister, Awut Deng, also witnessed the graduation of 350 persons trained in livelihoods and income generating skills. In her remarks, the minister pledged the Government’s support to the internally displaced people (IDPs) and other affected communities in Sudan.

Balazs Horvath, UNDP Country Director, reiterated commitment and programmatic support to the graduates, urging them to work together and make use of the skills they acquired.  He added, “As a next step, we strongly encourage you to join hands and form micro-enterprises, register them and aggressively compete in the marketplace which has a lot of demand for the skills that you have all acquired and mastered.“

UNDP is technically assisting the Ministry in developing a National Disaster Management Policy and Programme Framework to address the medium to long term needs of South Sudan.

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