SNV started work in South Sudan in 2005, after the signing of the country’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement. South Sudan’s declaration of independence in 2011 and its official recognition by the UN and the international community was a significant milestone in history. The declaration of independence has further heightened development expectations of the South Sudanese people who now look to their new government to deliver on the much needed improved livelihoods, and public goods and services. Yet many social, economic and political challenges remain amidst opportunities. To that extent unlocking the huge economic potential of this country and delivering the peace dividend is intrinsically linked to tackling the myriad of such socio-economic and political challenges.
It is for these reasons that SNV’s has chosen to work in the Agriculture and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene sectors. In agriculture, we focus on the livestock, horticulture, staple crops and non-timber forest products (principally Gum acacia, Honey and Shea) value chains. As education is at the top of the priorities for the Republic of South Sudan, SNV has been working in the sector to strengthen decentralised capacities to enable increasing equitable access to education. In 2012, SNV will phase out education activities and move into a broad-based integration of vocational skills development in schools.
SNV's operations in South Sudan are managed from the country's capital, Juba and with a smaller office Kapoeta.