Bringing Stability to Communities: Japan Contributes USD 4 million to Community Stabilization and Livelihoods in the Southern and Eastern States of Sudan

Mar 28, 2016

March 27, 2016, Khartoum— The Government of Japan has allocated a total of USD 2 million to support UNDP’s Community Stabilization Programme in the southern border states and an additional USD 2 million for the creation of youth employment in Eastern Sudan.

This generous contribution enables UNDP to support the Government of Sudan in initiating the implementation of the Community Stabilization Programme in the Southern Border States and in Eastern Sudan through the creation of sustainable employment and earning opportunities for youth who are at risk of radicalization and involvement in violence.

The first project “Resilience to Mobilization and Radicalization of Youth through Community Stabilization and Livelihood Support in the States Adjoining South Sudan” aims to contribute to the stability and resilience of unemployed Sudanese youth who have the potential to be radicalized and mobilized to join armed conflict in the six states of:  South Kordofan, Blue Nile, West Kordofan, White Nile, Sennar and North Kordofan.

This important project is expected to provide opportunities for alternative livelihoods to at-risk groups, particularly youth with armed conflict carrying capacity who are unemployed but are considered vital resources in the southern states which are hosting refugees from South Sudan and IDPs from local conflicts. Alterative livelihoods and temporary employment opportunities will be created to IDPs and refugees through economic ventures.

Implementation of the project will be carried out in consultation with the affected communities and in partnership with the Sudan DDR Commission and other relevant federal institutions, state-level line ministries, local authorities and locality commissioners as well as local NGOs and CBOs.

The second project which the Government of Japan is providing funds to is “Stabilization of Livelihoods through Creation of Youth Employment in Eastern Sudan”.

The ultimate goal of this project is to contribute to socio-economic stabilization and conflict prevention with a specific focus on disadvantaged youth at risk to be radicalized and drawn into violence in the three states of Eastern Sudan.

Providing economic infrastructure facilities in targeted communities, the project helps regenerate the economies of affected communities through connecting markets to local economic activities and bringing micro finance to the door steps of the communities, by creating an impact that is sustainable and durable.

To this end, the project will create synergies between the different activities and enhance the impact of their interventions through extensive participation of the various government bodies, Microfinance Providers and the private sector, and will utilize as much as possible these in-country capacities.

The project target 3,000 least advantaged young community members at risk aged between 15 to 34 years old (male/ female) in six localities in the three states of Eastern Sudan namely Red Sea, Kassala & Gedarif States. It focusses specifically on unemployed youth, women households, IDPs, ex-combatants, returnees, and migrants.

Using the 3x6 Approach for Sustainable Employment Creation, an innovative employment creation methodology, which has three organizing principles – inclusiveness, ownership and sustainability – and six (6) discrete steps – enrolment, rapid income generation, saving, joint venturing, investing and expanding markets.

Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency Mr. Hideki Ito, referring to his monitoring experience of similar community security and stabilization programme also funded by Japan in Blue Nile State, noted, “I was impressed how these community stabilization projects can play a huge role not only on individuals but on the whole community. I was very happy that Japanese assistance is contributing to realizing self-reliance of the people in various fields.”

“I hope that the Japanese projects, with the cooperation of concerned Sudanese authorities will contribute to the stabilization of the people and communities concerned and that these projects will lead to  peace and stability of Sudan, and will enhance the friendly relations between Japan and Sudan.” he said.

Lt. General Salah Eltayeb, Commissioner General, Sudan DDR Commission noted “We appreciate Japan for being a consistent and trusted partner of Sudan in peace and development. We thank the government and the people of Japan for their unwavering and continuous support following last year’s contribution of USD 2.5 million to the community stabilization programme in Southern Border States and we also recognize the support extended by UNDP in all our programmes.  The projects will be implemented in collaboration with State authorities and implementing partners.  Now, with this additional support from Japan, we will be able to substantially contribute to the stability and development of communities of Sudan and contribute to their future prosperity. “

“This contribution from the Government and the people of Japan will boost the efforts of the Government of Sudan and UNDP to stabilize challenged regions of the country”, stated UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Marta Ruedas:  “Japan has been a consistently solid partner of Sudan and UNDP and we look forward to continuing this strategic partnership for a better future of Sudan.”

 

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For more information on Japan’s support and United Nations Development Programmes in Sudan, please contact Ms. Yusra Salim, Communication Analyst, UNDP, yusra.salim@undp.org.

 

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