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South Sudan’s Red Army commemorate Martyrs Day

Members of the Red Army pose for a group photo. File Photo (by Daniel Deng. 2013)

By Daniel Deng Bol (Juba, South Sudan) Members of South Sudan’s Red Army Foundation have commemorated the Martyrs Day on 30th July 2017, a day dedicated and held annually in memory of the fallen country heroes and heroines during the years of liberation struggle. The Martyrs Day is also annually marked to celebrate the death of the founding father of the nation, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, who died in a helicopter crash on his way from Uganda on 30th July 2005. In statement to the reporters in Juba, the National Chairman for Red Army Foundation, Mr. Deng Bol Aruai said it was rather unfortunate to celebrate the Martyrs Day this year when innocent people are still dying in South Sudan and wasting their lives in what he described as a “futile rebellion”, coupled with ethnic violence. “As we commemorate this occasion, it’s rather unfortunate to note that our people […]

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South Sudan debt level stands at 60 percent of GDP – Finance minister

Finance and Economic Planning minister Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau speaking to the press. (FIle Photo)

By  Daniel  Deng Bol South Sudan  debt level could  be expected to rise to around sixty percent of Gross Domestic  Product (GDP), a trend that has prompted the  government  to propose a lean 2017/2018  budget  limiting borrowing from the World Bank  and other sources  to two  billion, one hundred  and seventy million(2,172 million). The total outstanding debt is provisionally estimated at fifty-four billion, seven hundred and sixty-seven million Pounds (54,767 million). This includes two million, two hundred and twelve million Pounds (2,212 million) of borrowing from commercial banks, and nineteen billion, nine hundred and seventy million pounds (SSP 19,970 Million) of direct borrowing from   Bank of South Sudan. It also includes an outstanding recapitalizing claim to   the Bank of South Sudan of two billion, one hundred and sixty-five million (SSP 2,165 Million). The figure also includes outstanding oil advances equivalent to eighteen billion, two hundred and eighty- nine million Pounds (18,289 million) and external loans to the World Bank and china of Fourteen billion, two hundred and ninety-six million Pounds (SSP 14,296 million. The outstanding debt […]

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The National Dialogue Strategy: A Conceptual Overview

Dr Francis M. Deng served for five years as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide at the level of Under-Secretary-General

An opportunity to address the complex web of conflicts afflicting South Sudan By Dr Francis M. Deng (July 5, 2017) This concept paper outlines some of the principal eleme nts involved in promoting peace, unity, reconciliation and a shared sense of national identity, the overriding goals of the National Dialogue. The National Dialogue is an opportunity to address the complex web of conflicts afflicting South Sudan through a top-down-bottom-up process that links the national, regional, and the grassroots levels of the interconnected conflicts. Achieving the National Dialogue’s goal requires reinforcing and strengthening traditional authorities whose ability to contribute to the maintenance of law and order and to the security and stability of the country at the grassroots level, has long been tested.The Dialogue’s Steering Committee needs to be assisted by resource persons to carry out consultations with stakeholders at these levels and to report to the National Conference which will then prepare an integrated […]

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South Sudan humanitarian needs remain dire despite IPC report – Plan International

Plan International Director of International Programmes, Mr. Jonathan Mitchell, during a press briefing in Juba

By Daniel Deng Bol Plan International has said the humanitarian needs in South Sudan have remained extremely higher despite recent findings of the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) data which highlight that early warning and the mobilization of a large-scale, multi-sectoral humanitarian response have eased famine in some part of the country. Addressing journalists Monday in Juba during a press conference, Plan International Director of International Programmes, Mr. Jonathan Mitchell, urged the international community and humanitarian actors not to sit back as the number of people who are food insecure have risen from 5.5 million to 6 million, 45,000 people are still experiencing localized famine conditions, and 1.7 million others are one-step below famine. While welcoming the UN-backed food security report, he said: “There is every reason to celebrate humanitarian efforts that have led to a reduction in the number of people living in famine conditions in South Sudan, the country is […]

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Ministry of Agriculture and FAO support for Emergency Livelihood Response Programme

Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security support for FAO Emergency Livelihood Response Programme Emergency livelihood kit distribution in Juba in partnership with World Vision International Juba, 12 June 2017 – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is working together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and World Vision International (WVI) to fight hunger and strengthen livelihoods through emergency crop, vegetable and fishing kit distribution in Juba. At an event to launch the kit distributions, FAO thanked the Ministry for its continued support to FAO’s emergency livelihood response programme. FAO has a longstanding relationship with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in South Sudan, and the Ministry remains FAO’s primary technical partner in many areas such as knowledge and skills transfer, seed security assessments, community based seed production, and seed quality assurance for both locally produced and imported seeds. The event highlighted how through […]

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GBV Eradication Strategy

CEPO launches GBV Eradication Strategy to end sexual violence in S.Sudan By Daniel Deng Bol Community Empowerment Progress Organization(CEPO)has launched Gender Based Violence Eradication Strategy in South Sudan aim at minimizing the risk of sexual violence. Speaking at the launch in Juba today, Edmund Yakani, CEPO Director, said the strategy reflects the short-term humanitarian imperative to deliver a response for survivors of sexual violence and to minimize the risk of ongoing violence through humanitarian action, as well as the need to transition programming approaches from humanitarian relief to integrated early recovery by strengthening national government and non-government structures (NGOs/FBOs/CBOs) to support medium to longer-term, sustained structural, systemic and service interventions that protect women and girls from Human Rights-based violence in accordance with South Sudan law and international legal obligations. Community Empowerment for Progress Organization-CEPO is a non-profit, civil society, South Sudanese organization, registered by the Ministry of Justice on 17th Nov, […]

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An Anti-Nepotism Legislation Could Combat Corruption

President Kiir at the inauguration of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly in 2016.

  An appeal to law-makers to introduce anti-nepotism legislation By Daniel Deng Bol As the country faces the prospect of sliding from recession into slump, coupled with audacious corruption, law-makers in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly should introduce a legislation to prevent nepotism in government appointments. If an anti-nepotism law were adapted and passed into law by the August House it would prohibit any public official from hiring family members to an agency or office which he or she should not have led. This has proven to curb corruption in most of the developed countries. The United States and many other countries, for instance, are typical examples. By definition, nepotism is favoritism granted to relatives, and it is considered as one of the fundamental factors which breeds corruption. Leaders should hire and fire people based on public interest, but instead our leaders now hire and fire at will. Try to picture […]

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