Socio-economic and opportunity mapping Assessment report f or White Nile State
Socioeconomic opportunity mapping assessment for the White Nile state was conducted during from 26th to 28th October 2010. The assessment was carried out by a joint team from Central Sector Commission and UNDP central the team members are 2, one from Central Sector Commission and one from UNDP central. The main purpose of the assessment is to identify the operational environment, institutional setup, community services, and socio-economic situation in White Nile state which may enhance or delay implementation of reintegration activities and to use the gathered information for better planning for the reintegration services to DDR programme.
The assessment also will act as starting point for community sensitization about DDR programme and come up with recommendations and lesson learned on best strategy that could be adopted for DDR programme as well as to identify strategy on how to cover this state by DDR programme. The assessment team adopted different approaches for information collection and gathering such as meetings, observation, questionnaire, group discussion and individual interviews.
The assessment for White Nile state revealed that the most potential employment opportunities providers with possible job opportunities for ex-combatants in the White Nile state is in agriculture (irrigated and rain-fed) livestock, fisheries, food processing, small business and working as a labour in industries. The state represented by its centre between the states of Sudan, where it is connected with road transportation on the ground, river and railway from the north, west and south of the country. In recent years the state has become the most important area for the production and manufacturing industries of sugar, cement, oils, leather, textile and dairy products in the country.
The study recognized that there is a lack of information about the DDR programme at the state level, an intensive public information activities for all stakeholders about DDR programme is required from central sector commission, taking in consideration experiences of the DDR programme from areas such as Eastern, Blue Nile and South Kordofan and Involvement of the national and the local media to disseminate information to increase the awareness of communities about DDR programme and peace culture.