Development Partners witness UNDP’s Community Stabilization efforts in South KordofanJan 25, 2017
Wednesday 25th January 2017 - Kadugli – South Kordofan state
A delegation including UK Special Envoy H.E. Chris Trott, UK Ambassador H.E. Michael Aron, EU Ambassador H.E. Jean Michel Dumond, Netherlands Ambassador H.E. Karin Boven, UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Marta Ruedas, UNDP Country Director Mr. Selva Ramachandran, and WFP Country Representative Mr. Matthew Hollingworth visited UNDP supported project sites in Kadugli. The delegation was welcomed by the Wali of South Kordofan, Dr. Eisa Abbakr.
They visited the Assamma secondary girls’ School; the school is owned by the community who strongly reaffirmed its commitments on the importance of providing education to girls. Prior to the establishment of the Assamma School, the girls experiences a lot of difficulties in reaching Kadugli, enrollment was very low, and the risk of incurring gender based violence on the way to school was high.
Nowadays, this risk is reduced, enrollment rate has increased, and the school is used by the community as an assembly hall during the evening. The delegation visited the community based artificial limbs center/factory. Disabled beneficiaries represent a very vulnerable categories as they tend to be very frustrated being left disabled by the war’s wounds; this might result in ex-combatants now disabled advocating for people to join the conflict rather than disengage them. The establishment of this center is part of the peacebuilding and reintegration effort carried out by the community with the support of UNDP.
Community engagement, security, and conflict resolution were issues discussed also during the visit at the Morta Police Station that was supported by UNDP, The Police Commissioner mentioned that their activity focuses on establishing a strong relationship between community and police and that they encourage the peaceful resolution of disputes such as those between nomads and farmers. . Police being guarantee, the community is said to attain the confidence in dealing with men having weapons. Community said that it is their police stations and it helps us and not obstructs them.
The delegation also visited an exhibition organized by UNDP – C2SP in addition to other UN agencies and NGO which reflected the testimonies of support to South Kordofan state.