The Republic of South Sudan became an independent nation on July 9, 2011, after Southern Sudanese voted overwhelmingly for secession in a January 2011 referendum agreed to under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended decades of civil war.
As South Sudan embarks on nationhood, USAID seeks to help make the new nation increasingly stable while helping the government deliver basic services to citizens; provide effective, inclusive, and accountable governance; diversify the economy; and combat poverty.
Increasing stability in South Sudan will depend on a combination of strengthening core governance institutions and processes and making them more inclusive, responding to the expectations of the population for essential services and improved livelihoods, as well as containing conflicts and addressing the grievances behind them.
Peace and Security
USAID programs will work to address the causes of conflict and promote conditions for peace and community security in conflict-prone regions of South Sudan. This includes supporting the establishment of community-based conflict mitigation mechanisms, inclusive of local leaders, women and youth, which build democratic processes for addressing conflict without violence.
Governing Justly and Democratically
USAID has supported key Government of South Sudan (GOSS) institutions since 2005, when many GOSS ministries and commissions were established, and will continue to work with the GOSS to strengthen central institutions and systems in order to meet citizen needs and extend public services and governance systems to state and county level governments. In addition, USAID will strengthen the capacity of citizens, civil society, media, and other nongovernmental actors to engage constructively with the GOSS to hold their government accountable at all levels and ensure it is responsive to the needs and interests of citizens. USAID provided technical support for the drafting of and public outreach on the transitional constitution, and will provide support for creation of a permanent constitution with citizen participation and oversight.
Investing in People
The vast majority of the population of South Sudan lacks access to essential education, health, nutrition, safe water, and sanitation services. USAID will support the ongoing delivery of essential services and build the capacity of government to deliver effective and increasingly sustainable essential services that meet the needs and demands of all Southern Sudanese.
The lack of economic opportunity, particularly among marginalized youth, is a potential driver of conflict in South Sudan. USAID will support sustained and inclusive agriculture sector-led growth to enhance resiliency and reinforce stability, by increasing agricultural productivity and linking communities to markets, providing access to credit for agribusinesses and small-scale farmers, and building strategic partnerships to better enable Southern Sudanese to capture market opportunities and enhance stability in areas where lack of economic opportunity is part of the conflict dynamic.
USAID is responding with lifesaving assistance to the urgent needs of those displaced and affected by conflicts, including the Abyei Crisis that erupted in May 2011, and other emergencies, such as floods. This assistance includes food aid; cooking, shelter, and basic hygiene materials; and livelihood activities. USAID is also assisting many of the hundreds of thousands of Sudanese of southern origin who have returned from northern Sudan to their home areas in South Sudan before and since the January 2011 referendum. This includes helping returnees to reach their home areas, providing livelihoods support to help them begin productive lives in South Sudan, and supporting essential services, including food security, shelter, water, health, and sanitation in states with the largest numbers of southern returnees.
The Public Affairs Section is responsible for the public diplomacy programs and activities of the Embassy. It is the primary point of contact for information about the United States and the U.S. Mission in South Sudan. It also manages the Embassy’s educational, professional, and cultural exchange programs (such as the Young African Leadership Initiative and the Study of the United States Institutes).
The Public Affairs Section responds to press inquiries, organizes media coverage of Embassy and U.S. government programs, activities, and initiatives, and conducts outreach to a broad and diverse range of interest groups as well as the South Sudanese public at large. It accomplishes its outreach mission through a wide variety of means such as guest speakers, seminars, workshops, interviews, and American Corners.
Public Affairs also manages the Embassy’s social media accounts:
The section also manages the American Corner, which is located in the University of Juba library. The Corner is open Mon-Sat, 9am-4pm. It offers various academic resources as well as, research materials, and high-speed internet. The Corner also hosts several events each month, such as the Young Entrepreneurs Forum.
You can always reach the Public Affairs Section by contacting JubaPAS@state.gov.
INL - International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
The mission of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is to minimize the impact of international crime and illegal drugs through providing effective foreign assistance and through fostering global cooperation. In South Sudan, INL’s programming is focused on building the capacity of the justice system at all levels to ensure that police, judicial officials, and corrections officials have the skills and tools they need to provide efficient and impartial justice to the citizens of the world’s newest nation, while at the same time working with civil society and other groups to ensure that citizens are aware of their rights and able to access the justice system.
INL in South Sudan
INL has been committed to supporting justice in South Sudan since before its independence. Working in close coordination with the donor community in South Sudan, INL’s focus is on effective community policing and building the capacity of the criminal justice system through support and training to judges, prosecutors, and corrections officials.