Upper Nile Youth Development Association (UNYDA) started as an indigenous association of young women and men in Malakal – Upper Nile, South Sudan in 2003. 

Over the last 16 years, UNYDA has grown into a leading youth association active in different areas of greater Upper Nile in the following counties: Malakal, Renk, Melut, Maiwut and Fashoda.


To be the leading association for Youth Transformation and Development in Upper Nile state and South Sudan in general.


To enable young women and men play more active role in development.

Our Values

  • Youth Leadership: We believe youth have a vital role to play in leading social change and transforming conflict in their communities.
  • Community Empowerment: We believe in working at the grassroots, supporting youth to build on local strengths to help communities transform themselves into tolerant peaceful society.
  • Transformational development that is community-based and sustainable, focused especially on the needs of young people.
  • Promotion of justice that seeks to change unjust structures affecting the vulnerable people among whom we work.
  • Engagement through improving awareness and access to information, seeking out bold and innovative approaches to difficult and pressing challenges, and seizing opportunities for synergy through partnerships and collaboration.
  • Transparency as a result of our commitment to the communities we serve, through the establishment of productive working relationships and our pledge to operate openly and inclusively.
  • Accountability to the communities where UNYDA works, as well as with displaced persons and host communities.