UNITAR expands South Sudan Fellowship Programme 2016 to 25 fellows

Mar 12, 2016

Head of the UNITAR Hiroshima Office, Mihoko Kumamoto; Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin; Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan, Kiya Masahiko and UNDP Senior Deputy Country Director, Jean Luc Stalon.

 “We went through a lot of difficulties during the conflict and women are more vulnerable. Imagine you have to be in prison because of what you have suffered, or because you have a mental disease and your family members cannot take care of you, or just because some of your family member did something bad and you are her representative. Imagine that you are a child and you live in a prison in South Sudan because your mother made a mistake or for cultural reasons. Thanks to UNITAR and the Government of Japan I get the skills to support these women,” explained Christina Pita Lukudu, one of the beneficiaries of the UNITAR South Sudan Fellowship Programme 2015.

Christina is one of twenty public sector and civil society stakeholders from organizations in South Sudan chosen to participate in a five-month specialized capacity building training programme, which blended learning methodology, including three workshops, asynchronous training modules and assignment.

The United Nations Institute of Research and Training (UNITAR) Hiroshima Office and the Embassy of Japan in South Sudan, together with the Government of South Sudan, announced the conclusion of the 2015 Cycle of the UNITAR South Sudan Fellowship Programme and launched the next 2016 Cycle.

“Japan has done quite a lot for our country in terms of building capacities and resources' transfer. Our Japanese friends know what war means. They have passed through that and now look at them. They are one of the top 10 economies in the world and they are helping other countries like South Sudan. We have resources, so we have to create an environment of capacity, peace and stability. There are many challenges but being in a family which has faced similar challenges can help us to success on the post-conflict process. So I have to thank the people of Japan for their support. UNDP is also doing a lot in this country. I am glad that this program is in collaboration with Japan and UNDP,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

“South Sudan cannot be productive without leaders and this programme aims to create leaders to address the recovering and development process that South Sudan needs. Last year we have 20 fellowship, now 25 and this small help could be bigger because we are all motivated and inspired to contribute for the unification of the people of South Sudan,” said Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan Kiya Masahiko.

“South Sudan is facing the challenge of recuperation after a long conflict. We are sure this fellowship will help South Sudanese people to recover and to develop the skills they need to build a strong nation. We are happy to count on UNITAR and Japan Government for this programme as well as with the support of the Government of South Sudan,” said Senior Deputy Country Director Jean Luc Stalon.

Each of the twenty South Sudanese participants of the 2015 Cycle undertook an organizational needs assessment and authored, towards the end of the programme, a project proposal that addresses contemporary challenges and problems in South Sudan. Some of the fellows had the opportunity to present their completed proposals at the final workshop in Juba. The session examined skills and techniques for strong leadership and effective communication.

“I am the head of Eye Production in South Sudan. I wanted to get more skills to be more productive in my current work so that I can be an effective leader and representative of my company when I have to deal with external partners,” said Rehema Siauma, one of the fellows.

Senior professionals from Afghanistan mentored the fellows as they developed the project proposals. As part of the programme, a workshop held in Tokyo and Hiroshima, Japan, in January 2016, allowed the South Sudanese participants to learn about the post-conflict reconstruction experiences of the city of Hiroshima and the process that can lead to effective recovery and development.

The 2016 Cycle of the UNITAR South Sudan Fellowship Programme will continue to develop the indigenous project management and leadership capacity in South Sudan, with a focus on youth and social entrepreneurship.

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