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Nyajime Pekhoa Goak (right) with Kondial FM in Bentiu interviews a local resident.
Nyajime Pekhoa Goak (right) with Kondial FM in Bentiu interviews a local resident.

USAID provides assistance and training to civil society organizations and coalitions to improve their capacity to participate in local and national-level political and peace processes. These organizations are helping their communities prioritize and address their greatest needs and promote social cohesion. Support includes training organizations in conflict management techniques, supporting their increased engagement in informing legislation, and providing material and technical support to organizations advocating for transparency and accountability in governance, peace processes, and political transitions. To support civil society at the local level, USAID established six civic engagement centers throughout South Sudan, where civil society leaders receive training and small grants to implement activities and link to civil society organizations at the national level to advocate for representation of their views in national and regional fora.

Radio is the most important source of information in South Sudan, which has a high rate of illiteracy and a largely rural population. USAID supports the development of professional and independent media through South Sudanese-staffed and managed Eye Radio in Juba and the Association for Media Development in South Sudan and its Media Development Institute. The Institute provides journalism training and advocates for press freedom. USAID also supports four community FM radio stations through The Radio Community, and the Community Engagement Network that supports community radio stations in Bentiu and Malakal. USAID has distributed thousands of solar-powered, wind-up radios to isolated communities in South Sudan to promote access to information including through USAID-supported radio stations, which collectively reach 3 million of South Sudan’s 12 million citizens.

USAID supports civil society organizations including women's groups, youth groups, and interfaith councils to promote peace and reconciliation focused on the 13 target counties of USAID’s assistance strategy. This support will help build the resilience of households and communities by mitigating the drivers of inter- and intra-communal conflicts. USAID programming focuses on empowering citizens across a wide range of contexts and populations. These efforts promote community mediation and dialogues throughout South Sudan, and in the disputed Abyei Area on the South Sudan-Sudan border. USAID also supports trauma awareness mechanisms that are helping survivors discuss the impacts of trauma and break cycles of violence.

Last updated: September 17, 2021

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