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EDUCATION

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Education indicators in South Sudan remain grim as the years of conflict have taken a serious toll on the education of boys, girls and youth. In South Sudan, over 1 million children continue to be out of school despite Government and partners efforts to intervene in education!

UNYDA has been at the forefront of efforts to improve education in Upper Nile South Sudan (both formal and informal) by way of improving the general education environment (including sanitation and hygiene), strengthening local education structures and actors, as well as working closely with the County Education Departments on matters like distribution of scholastic materials for teachers and learners.

More importantly, we continue to provide responsive and timely life skills and psychosocial support to growing numbers of teachers, school children and youth.

GENDER JUSTICE

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GENDER JUSTICE

In South Sudan, women and girls lack decision-making power at household and community levels. Additionally, women and girls are highly vulnerable to gender-based violence (GBV). They are targeted for rape, abduction, forced marriage and sexual slavery. Even in their homes, women and children are often subject to acts of GBV perpetrated by their husbands and fathers. Women’s vulnerability to GBV is increased by on-going insecurity, environmental stress, and male gender norms that equate power over women with masculinity. IDPS and female headed households face unique risks of GBV and sexual exploitation due to limited security caused by poor living conditions, the requirement to undertake risky livelihood practices to survive, and limited social protection. The risk of GBV exacerbates women and girls’ already vulnerable condition resulting from their lack of voice and participation, unequal care burden, less access to food than men, limited income generating opportunities and little to no control over assets and earned resources. 

At UNYDA, our Gender Justice program addresses the causes and consequences of gender inequality. While we believe gender inequality is detrimental for everyone, we focus particularly on the needs of women who have traditionally had difficulty accessing justice.

We recognize the need for gender mainstreaming across all the programs with a view of full, equal and effective participation of women.

We emphasizes the vital roles of women in preventing and resolving conflict and peace-building

PEACE BUILDING

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PEACE BUILDING

For over 20 years, millions of South Sudanese have been affected by fragility and conflict — a majority of which is under the age of 30. Through our peace building program, we advance just and durable peace by supporting innovative and collaborative approaches and policies for conflict prevention, management, transformation and strengthening constituencies for conflict transformation and durable peace. We strive for meaningful participation of young people in peace building in South Sudan. We create a space for youths from different ethnic backgrounds in Upper Nile State who have been isolated and divided by decades of civil war to come together. We help them to interconnect and build their capacity to initiate and facilitate community dialogues with local stakeholders changing mindsets inherited from the war. Successful engagement contributes to the capacity and readiness of local communities to deepen peace and development opportunities brought about by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

We use various peacebuilding tools including:

Sport For Peace: Sports for Peace promotes a sense of understanding and unity that transcends the divides found in typical day-to-day life in conflict communities. Sports for Peace has an important role to play in providing a space for opposing groups to meet each other in a neutral location, a “safe space,” with pre-defined rules and set codes of behaviour. It allows social contact between communities in which relationships have been severed through war and other forms of destructive conflict, helping children and youth overcome negative images and stereotypes about those who have different abilities, religions, and backgrounds to build acceptance and tolerance.

Arts For Peace: UNYDA’s Arts for Peace serves to unite South Sudanese that have been affected by fragility and conflict. Arts For Peace are effective both for psycho-social healing after violence and trauma, and for building trust, developing respect, and ensuring inclusion across previously divided ethnic groups.

Advocacy for Peace: From print, social, and broadcast media to marches, and special community events, UNYDA works to build support amongst different groups for change in local community, starting at the grassroots.

Dialogue for Peace: UNYDA’s Dialogue for Peace facilitates effective intra- and inter-group sessions with older youth and adults, deepening understanding and supporting changes in personal perceptions and relationships.

Empowerment for Peace: By creating and putting on activities that build the life skills and capacities of youth and adults who are trapped in conflict due to lack of power, influence, economic status, or specific vulnerabilities, these programmes equip participants with what they need to break cycles of conflict in their daily lives.

We use various peacebuilding tools including:

Sport For Peace: Sports for Peace promotes a sense of understanding and unity that transcends the divides found in typical day-to-day life in conflict communities. Sports for Peace has an important role to play in providing a space for opposing groups to meet each other in a neutral location, a “safe space,” with pre-defined rules and set codes of behaviour. It allows social contact between communities in which relationships have been severed through war and other forms of destructive conflict, helping children and youth overcome negative images and stereotypes about those who have different abilities, religions, and backgrounds to build acceptance and tolerance.

Arts For Peace: UNYDA’s Arts for Peace serves to unite South Sudanese that have been affected by fragility and conflict. Arts For Peace are effective both for psycho-social healing after violence and trauma, and for building trust, developing respect, and ensuring inclusion across previously divided ethnic groups.

Advocacy for Peace: From print, social, and broadcast media to marches, and special community events, UNYDA works to build support amongst different groups for change in local community, starting at the grassroots.

Dialogue for Peace: UNYDA’s Dialogue for Peace facilitates effective intra- and inter-group sessions with older youth and adults, deepening understanding and supporting changes in personal perceptions and relationships.

Empowerment for Peace: By creating and putting on activities that build the life skills and capacities of youth and adults who are trapped in conflict due to lack of power, influence, economic status, or specific vulnerabilities, these programmes equip participants with what they need to break cycles of conflict in their daily lives.

ENVIRONMENT

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ENVIRONMENT

UNYDA’s Environment program focuses on Natural Resource Management (NRM); a broad category of activities focused on improving how people interact with and use their natural environment. Our activities are aimed at:

  • influencing sustainable development, exploration and utilization of revenues from natural resources to benefit the citizens;
  • lobbying and advocating for responsible business and investment practices where investors take responsibilities for negative externalities as results of their businesses activities;
  • increasing transparency, accountability and public participation in natural resources management that leads to effective and efficient utilization of revenues to benefit the South Sudanese people.

PUBLIC HEALTH

PUBLIC HEALTH

Our public health program aims to protect and improve the health of people and their communities.

Key programmes include:

Health Promotion       

Our health promotion programme focuses on enabling people in the areas we serve to improve health knowledge, attitudes, skills, behavior and ultimately increase control over their own health. It is aimed at:

  • Enhancing the quality of life for all people;
  • Reducing premature deaths;
  • Advancing  prevention through educational and social communication activities aimed at promoting healthy conditions, lifestyles, behavior and environments;
  • Lobby and advocacy aimed at influencing policy makers across all government departments to make health a central line of government policy.

 SRHR and HIV Integration

UNYDA aims to contribute to improved SRHR and HIV outcomes by increasing access and use of quality, inclusive and integrated SRHR and HIV services and by promoting positive healthy sexual relationships that can contribute to reducing new HIV infections and improving SRHR indicators by reducing prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STI). The SRHR/HIV integration programme gives high priority to promoting the full sexual and reproductive rights of individuals and to addressing stigma and discrimination in all its complexity, as this is imperative for removing barriers to accessing health services. Efforts to address stigma are two-fold, focusing on internalised and self-stigma with individuals and communities, while also focusing on creating stigma-free and health promoting clinical and community environments. Addressing stigma at both levels will enhance both SRHR and HIV health outcomes.

The UNYDA SRHR programme responds to critical gaps and weaknesses in the South Sudan SRHR response. A strong community-based response has the potential to make a significant contribution to addressing South Sudan’s unmet SRHR needs, including a high maternal morbidity and mortality rate, high teenage pregnancy rate and the continuing challenge of the HIV epidemic.

We further support efforts that will enhance adoption of safer sexual behaviours and reduction in risky behaviours and practices among the youth and adults through the use of peer educators and other community-based models.

WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

Providing adequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services is a key public health challenge in South Sudan. Access to safe and sufficient water and improved sanitation as well as maintaining good hygiene is crucial to human health, well-being, dignity and development.

At UNYDA, our programs focus on creating awareness in basic hygiene practices, construction of clean water facilities, community participation in cleaning campaigns in settlements and in the distribution of non-food items (NFIs). 

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FOOD SECURITY & LIVELIHOODS

Farmers hold the key to reducing hunger and poverty. Impoverished people rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. In fact, a 10% increase in farm yields has been shown to lead to a 7% reduction in poverty in Africa.

UNYDA supports expansion and enhancement of existing fishing and farming practices to increase local food production in ways that are more adaptive to climate and environmental risks. We support activities including: staple food production, collective irrigation, vegetable production, livestock rearing, and fisheries.  

We further support various Income Generating Activities (IGAs) including bread-making, grinding mills, carpentry, brick-laying, soap making, craft-making, and blacksmiths among others.