Much of USAID’s work to reduce poverty in South Sudan is focused on growth in the agriculture sector. In addition, USAID promotes broad-based economic growth through improvements in infrastructure and the business-enabling environment.
USAID has rehabilitated hundreds of kilometers of roads and built bridges across South Sudan, including the major transport route from Juba to Nimule, the Ugandan border crossing, and a major trade corridor in the country’s southwestern “breadbasket.” By May 2011, eight permanent bridges were completed along the Juba-Nimule road, and the entire road was all-weather accessible. This is South Sudan’s only paved road outside urban areas, and it is expected to facilitate economic development by significantly reducing transport costs.
A USAID program is also training staff at the Ministry of Roads and Bridges, assisted in the formation of the South Sudan Roads Authority, and is now helping to operationalize the Roads Authority. Along with construction, USAID is implementing a road safety program to educate road users and building the capacity of local contracting companies to maintain the roads.
USAID works to expand credit to small business owners in targeted areas of South Sudan by increasing access to essential financial services. This includes strengthening the management and technical capacity of microfinance institutions as well as strengthening the relationships and providing learning opportunities among those institutions.
On February 10, 2011, USAID launched the final stage of building the 192-kilometer Juba-Nimule Road, the start of tarmacking what will be southern Sudan's first highway—the only paved road outside major towns. The project is funded by USAID in close cooperation with the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) Ministry of Transport and Roads, and aims to strengthen development and bolster economic growth in southern Sudan.
Last updated: May 10, 2013