UNDP is providing technical advice to planning processes, building institutional capacity, and helping to support the development of inclusive economic growth strategies that promote employment, livelihoods and effective delivery of services and reduce inequities and marginalization of the poor and vulnerable groups. UNDP’s support to Social and Human Development in South Sudan focuses on two areas that build critical, basic service delivery systems: - Strengthening health systems and infrastructure while supporting prevention efforts and providing treatment to people with HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis - Supporting the development of a social protection framework including a social cash transfer scheme
The aim of UNDP’s support is to progressively accelerate universal access to basic social services with the aim of building human capabilities and upholding the dignity of all people of South Sudan. As Principle Recipient of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, UNDP has provided support to the Ministry of Health at both the national and state level assisting in Infrastructure development as well as providing technical and coaching support. During 2012, UNDP provided technical support to the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare advising on the development of the Ministry’s Social Protection Policy and advocating for key social protection interventions. A key social protection intervention that can support inclusive growth, are social cash which provide a social safety net and can quickly improve a family’s standard of living while demonstrating the Government’s ability to deliver services to the people. In addition, social cash transfers can contribute to sustained economic growth and human development because the money is spent locally, which regenerates markets and is invested in productive assets like fertilizer or animals.