South Sudan

Apr 06, 2020
From 2015 to 2018, the USAID-funded Promoting Resiliency through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) Program strengthened the social cohesion of 13 targeted communities along with capacity to direct development to improve their lives. PROPEL worked with residents to complete 37 WASH and small infrastructure projects, and improved hygiene behaviors which benefited 48,102 people. To support project sustainability, 1,000 people were trained as water-use committee members, volunteer hand-pump mechanics, sanitation and hygiene promoters, and parentteacher association members. Read more about our global capacity in preventing, mitigating and responding to outbreaks of infectious disease...
Mar 23, 2018
Community-Driven Development Methods for South Sudan: Key Findings and Recommendations The USAID Promoting Resilience through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) program was designed to foster social cohesion and resilience in targeted communities in Jonglei, Lakes, and Eastern and Central Equatoria states in South Sudan through a Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach. The CDD approach is inclusive, ensuring representation of all community segments; transparent coordination with local leaders; targeted outreach to women; gender sensitization across the community to promote women’s voices in decision-making; strategic communication and grievance redress mechanisms throughout project... Read more
Mar 12, 2018
PROPEL-South Sudan End-Line Report Executive Summary Applying Community-Driven Development to Strengthen Resilience in a Conflict Setting: Lessons from South Sudan Executive Summary
The USAID Promoting Resilience through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) program was designed to foster social cohesion and resilience in targeted communities in Jonglei, Lakes, and Eastern and Central Equatoria states in South Sudan through a Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach. PROPEL provided material improvements in the lives of community members and at the same time strengthened the communities’ capacity to drive their... Read more
Mar 06, 2018
  Community-driven Development for More Resilient Communities Funded by USAID, the Promoting Resiliency through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) program employed a locally-driven, learning-focused approach to work with communities in South Sudan and help them identify, prioritize and implement projects to improve local resiliency. Through the program, Global Communities is used its Participatory Action for Community Enhancement (PACE) methodology to engage 54 communities through a process of community-driven development and associated assessments to determine needs and solutions for their most pressing development challenges. By promoting inclusive community-driven development tailored to the unique needs of diverse... Read more
Sep 15, 2017
Collaborating, Learning and Adapting to Build Resilience in Fragile States Development programming in fragile and conflict-affected states can present daunting challenges, not the least when trying to generate learning for adaptive programming. Settings are fluid and actors are transient, while limited access to many parts of a country hampers the delivery of quality research and evaluation. The urgency of humanitarian needs also makes it difficult for donors to prioritize sustainable approaches that ultimately build the resilience of local communities.  USAID funded the Promoting Resilience through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) project in South Sudan to help fill the learning gap... Read more
May 04, 2017
Building on South Sudan’s Remaining Social Capital By Joanna Springer, Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist at Global Communities  |  This article originally appeared in Global Observatory. The outlook for peace and security in South Sudan has darkened considerably since fighting between forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition resumed in July 2016. Conflict is spreading among ethnic groups and growing ever more deadly, driving the country to the brink of starvation and sparking massive out-migration. These life-threatening circumstances have become commonplace for the South Sudanese people and are one reason to... Read more
Apr 11, 2017
PROPEL-South Sudan Baseline Assessment Report Early in 2016, Global Communities and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) conducted a mixed-method baseline assessment for its Promoting Resilience through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) program funded by USAID. This report provides an analysis of the baseline values of each of PROPEL’s 16 target communities through a mixed-method approach incorporating qualitative data to explain the “why” of quantitative findings. Second, it provides guidance for future field operations and a set of recommendations for follow-up to elicit lessons learned. Third, it will inform a recommended community-driven development (CDD) approach for... Read more
Mar 24, 2017
How Access to Water is Improving the Lives of Women and Girls in South Sudan These stories originally appeared in the USAID South Sudan Newsletter.
Students at St. Paul's Girls Primary School in Mingkaman, Awerial County, say this USAID-funded latrine has helped boost their confidence and focus on education. Photo: James Jok The USAID Promoting Resiliency through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) program, implemented by Global Communities and Catholic Relief Services, is bringing together communities and strengthening their capacity to drive... Read more
Nov 08, 2016
New Boreholes Increase Access to Clean Water in Juba's Jebel Area This story was originally published by USAID South Sudan.
Before the construction of the new boreholes, residents fetched water from a dirty, open sources. Photo by Betty Poni. On October 7, the Jebel community in Juba celebrated the launch of two USAID-funded boreholes that have improved access to clean water and reduced the risk of waterborne infections for approximately 255 households (1,530 people). The project is also enhancing peaceful co-existence among Jebel’s diverse community, which includes many people who were displaced by conflict elsewhere in South Sudan. Residents previously drew unclean water from a nearby stream, and the influx of new... Read more
Jun 08, 2016
Building More Resilient Communities in South Sudan The USAID-funded Promoting Resiliency through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) program, implemented by Global Communities and Catholic Relief Services, is bringing together communities and strengthening their capacity to drive their own development through harnessing their own resources, leveraging other donor-funded programs, and advocating for additional support to implement projects that address priority needs. PROPEL promotes social cohesion and resilience within South Sudanese communities while providing tangible improvements in the lives of their residents and laying the groundwork for cooperation between them and the Government of the... Read more
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