Reducing the Prevalence and Impact of Violence in Western Equatoria


Nonviolent Peaceforce’s (NP) intervention in Mundri County, Western Equatoria State is aimed at reducing the prevalence and impact of violence. Key activities will include conducting patrols in risky areas, protective accompaniments, advocacy, conducting trainings workshops, awareness raising activities etc. Through this intervention, Switzerland contributes to creating sustainable grassroots-led peaceful solutions to conflict, promotion of Human Rights, SGBV prevention and response among conflict affected communities.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
South Sudan
Gender
Conflict & fragility
Sexual & gender-based violence
Conflict prevention
01.11.2018 - 31.08.2020
CHF 1'300'000
Background Since the outbreak of the conflict in July 2016 Mundri has been heavily contested by both Government and Opposition forces. To date continued skirmishes by the conflict parties continue to threaten civilian safety and cause constant displacement of populations. Deliberate attacks on civilians, sexual violence, killings, arbitrary arrests and denial of freedom of movement by armed actors are a major protection concern. Humanitarian access remains a big challenge due to insecurity.
Objectives To reduce the prevalence and impact of violence in Western Equatoria, South Sudan through strengthened local capacities in protection and improved violence prevention and response.
Target groups IDPs, host community, humanitarian community and local authorities 
Medium-term outcomes
  • Strengthen the community protection and conflict management mechanisms to mitigate and prevent violence.
  • Increase safety and security of civilians at imminent risk of violence.
  • Prevent and reduce the incidence and impact of GBV.
  • Promote youth participation in conflict management and peacebuilding initiatives.
  • Improve protection mainstreaming, advocacy and coordination in humanitarian response.
Results

Expected results:  

  • Early Warning and Early Response assessments and trainings conducted in high-risk communities;
  • Deterrent patrolling and protective presence conducted in high risk areas;
  • Community dialogue and mediation in conflict facilitated;
  • GBV prevention strategies set up, referral pathways for survivors established and strengthened;


Results from previous phases:  

  • 250 presence/patrol activities conducted;
  • 561 community members trained on Unarmed Civilian Protection & Early Warning and Early Response;
  • 5 Women Protection Teams (WPTs) and community based protection groups established, capacitated and fully functional;
  • 10 dialogue mediation processes supported.
  • Over 9’000 individuals reached through GBV awareness messages;
  • 1 referral pathway established;
  • Contacts successfully established and relationships and trust with key conflict actors in Mundri built up.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
  • Other international or foreign NGO North


Coordination with other projects and actors South Sudan Protection Cluster, NGOs, local government, OCHA
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   1'300'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   658'750 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF  1'263'000 Budget inclusive project partner CHF  2'563'000