USAID is providing emergency assistance in response to the crisis in South Sudan
Community members in Old Fangak, Jonglei State, help unload lifesaving food aid for conflict-affected South Sudanese. WFP/Jens Hanhe
USAID’s education program in South Sudan focuses on rapidly reaching out-of-school children and improving the education system.
About South Sudan
Fighting that erupted in the capital of Juba in December 2013 plunged the Republic of South Sudan into its most severe crisis since it became independent on July 9, 2011, following decades of civil war. Thousands of South Sudanese have been killed and traumatized in atrocities committed in the months following the outbreak of violence and more than 1.7 million have been displaced from their homes – more than 10 percent of the country’s population. This includes more than 450,000 who have sought refuge in neighboring countries and nearly 100,000 who have sheltered at United Nations compounds in South Sudan and are afraid or unable to return to their homes.
USAID has worked in South Sudan for decades, providing lifesaving humanitarian assistance, conflict mitigation assistance, and support for key milestones of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which culminated in South Sudan’s independence. USAID has helped South Sudan establish foundational institutions and processes of governance, provided essential services for citizens, including education, health, water and sanitation, infrastructure such as roads, bridges and electricity, and economic growth support, particularly for South Sudan’s promising agriculture sector, resulting in significant development gains for this fledgling nation.
South Sudan Transition Strategy: Summary (pdf,125kb)
South Sudan Transition Strategy: Full (pdf,1.2mb)
Last updated: September 08, 2014