Gathering Feedback from Diverse Constituencies
Led by the Ministry of Finance and Planning's National Development Strategy Secretariat, the Ebony Center for Strategic Studies, UNDP, and other partners, are gathering stakeholder inputs on the status, suitability and future of the NDS. UNDP is supporting integration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the national framework, supporting the development of an Integrated National Financing Framework, and in collaboration with other UN agencies ensuring gender mainstreaming of the NDS. The NDS review is being informed by an updated fragility assessment conducted with national stakeholders to determine steps for undertaking development initiatives where instability and conflict persist.
The review teams are soliciting feedback from people in key areas:
- Do you agree with the overall objectives of the NDS? If not, what would you like to be added or removed?
- Do you think that the NDS is the most appropriate medium-term framework for achieving sustainable peace, economic growth, and poverty reduction in South Sudan?
- Do you think the number of clusters of NDS are: a) many, b) few, or c) enough as is?
- Are there missing areas in each of the four clusters (Governance, Economic, Social Service and cross-cutting issues) that you would like to be included in the priorities of the NDS?
- How would you want to see the NDS harmonized with the R-ARCSS?
The state-level consultations are targeting ten constituency-based groups in each of South Sudan’s ten states. This includes women, youth, people with disabilities, farmers, traders, teachers, traditional authorities, faith-based organizations, organized forces and political parties. Consultations have also included civil society, such as professional associations and media. Two state-level consultations, for Jonglei and Upper Nile, were held in Juba due to environmental and security reasons.