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Sida's work in South Sudan

After many years of civil war, South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, making it the world’s youngest country. Sida’s development cooperation aims to strengthen peace and to ensure that the people of South Sudan, especially women and girls, have access to healthcare, education and opportunities to earn a living.

Sida’s support to South Sudan 2020

Progress has been made

Increased stability

Since a peace agreement was signed in 2018, the situation in the country has become somewhat more stable and a transitional government has been formed, although many challenges remain.

Female participation in peace negotiations

More women participated in the 2018 peace negotiations compared to previous ones. As a result, the new peace agreement contains a rule that says that women should hold at least 35 percent of the seats in parliament. However, this has not yet been achieved.

Increased agricultural area

Cultivated land increased by 6 percent in 2020, which is good for livelihoods.

Challenges remain

Severely restricted democracy and human rights

According to the organisation Freedom House, which is mapping the situation regarding democracy, political freedom and human rights in the world, South Sudan is one of the countries in the world where democracy and human rights are most severely restricted.

Child marriage is common

Many women and girls are victims of gender-based violence and child marriage is common. 52 percent of girls are married before their 18th birthday.

Maternal mortality among the highest

South Sudan’s maternal mortality rate is among the highest in the world. It is estimated that as many as one in nine women die from complications during pregnancy or childbirth.

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: 1 July 2021