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Sida's work in South Sudan

South Sudan is the world's youngest country. After a long civil war, South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011. Sida's development cooperation contributes to strengthening peace. It also contributes to better access to health care, education and livelihood opportunities, especially for women and girls.

Sida’s support in South Sudan

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Progress has been made

More stable after peace agreement

Since the signing of the peace agreement in 2018, the situation in the country has become a little more stable and a transitional government has been formed. Implementation is slow and scattered local conflicts continue.

Increasing female representation

More women participated in the peace negotiations in 2018 compared to previous negotiations. As a result, the new peace agreement includes a rule that women shall have 35 percent of the seats in parliament. This has not been achieved in practice.¹

Challenges remain

80 %

of the population lives in poverty, making South Sudan one of the poorest countries in the world. The population is extremely vulnerable, and humanitarian needs are extensive.2

Gender-based violence are common

Many girls and women are subjected to sexual violence by various armed groups, which harms the whole community. Perpetrators often escape punishment. Child marriages are common and more than half of girls are married before their 18th birthday.3

Freedom of expression is curtailed

The situation for civil society and the media is difficult. Freedom of demonstration and expression is restricted and violence is used to break up demonstrations. Journalists are subjected to threats, arrests and harassment.

Two types of aid in South Sudan

In South Sudan, Sida implements development cooperation to contribute to long-term development of the country. We also provide humanitarian assistance to save lives and alleviate suffering in emergency situations.

Updated: August 11, 2022