Northern Bahr el Ghazal state to transfer land to 900 returnees

May 22, 2012

Juba:  On Thursday 24 May, the Honourable Governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, Paul Malong Awan, will announce the transfer of land to over 900 returnees, in a programme jointly supported by the United Nations Development Programme and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). 

A high number of returnees have returned to settle in South Sudan, particularly in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Unity, Upper Nile and Warrap states.  Initially, it was expected that the majority of returnees would settle in rural areas, while a few would remain in urban locations.  However, over 80 percent of returnees have settled in urban areas.  Thus, settlements with little planning grew rapidly, stressing the already weak public utilities and running the risk of overcrowding.  Moreover, it complicated land management for the states. 

To assist the states in proactively addressing these challenges, UNDP together with USAID and other development partners, supported the Government in designing a land management plan, acquiring basic training and equipment to support urban planning, and developing a land registry database to manage the land titling process.  As a result, 9,874 plots were surveyed and demarcated in Aweil town.  The residential plots have an average size of 600m², with a provision for public utilities and community facilities.  The first 900 of these plots have been allocated to returnees through a lottery process.

In addition to presenting the returnees with certificates to their land, the State Ministry of Physical Infrastructure will demonstrate how the new land database system functions.                                                     


Date:                     Thursday 24 May 2012 

Time:                     11h00 – 15h00

Location:              Apada/Nyalat - Aweil, South Sudan

Photo/Interview Opportunities:

  • Honourable, Paul Malong Awan, Governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal
  • Ronald Ruay Deng, State Minister of Finance & Acting Minister of Physical Infrastructure
  • George Conway, Country Director, a.i. UNDP
  • Kevin Mullaly, Mission Director, USAID


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Contact information

For further information, please contact: Marguerite Nowak, Communications Officer, United Nations Development Programme, South Sudan Cell: 095 619 1254