NaEPF South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan – UNHCR

Project location: SOUTH SUDAN
Project start date: January 2017 - Project end date: December 2017
Project number: 2017-050
Beneficiary: UNHCR


The High Commissioner for Refugees is mandated by the United Nations to lead and coordinate international action for the worldwide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems. 

UNHCR’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. In its efforts to achieve this objective, the Office strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, and to return home voluntarily. By assisting refugees to return to their own country or to settle permanently in another country, UNHCR also seeks lasting solutions to their plight.

The South Sudan situation is Africa’s largest displacement crisis today. UNHCR’s role is to lead and to coordinate the overall humanitarian response in collaboration with Government counterparts, UN agencies, local and international NGOs, as well as with refugee and local host communities.
UNHCR has been operating in the region of Sudan since the 80’, assisting refugees from neighbouring countries, such as Eritrea, Ethiopia and Chad, and also Sudanese citizen that were internally displaced because of the prolonged civil war (1983-2005). Specifically concerning South Sudan, UNHCR has been operating in the country since its very independence, which took place on the 9th of July 2011.

In particular, in South Sudan UNHCR and its partners provide a full multi-sectoral response to the needs of refugees, internally displaced persons and those at risk of statelessness. This includes life-saving immediate assistance, investment in infrastructure and essential procurement for basic services, strengthening of social structures and avenues to self-sufficiency to increase safety and resilience, and ensuring that local host communities and the environment are also considered in the response.

The Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation has awarded a grant to this project. The UNHCR operational response, supported by the NaEPF, will focus on Upper Nile, Unity and Equatoria regions with flexibility to respond to emerging needs in various locations through mobile capacity. Despite activities will be ongoing in all the country, Upper Nile, Unity and Equatoria will be prioritised for this intervention because they host the highest number of displaced people, both internally displaced persons and refugees. With available resources UNHCR will focus on targeted intervention for the most vulnerable among the vulnerable, estimated to be around 350,000 individuals/70,000 households against the total target of 830,000 individuals/166,000 households.

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