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JMEC, UNESCO organize media training to enhance journalists’ understanding on peace agreement

Journalists attending the IGAD training workshop (Photo credit: Gurtong). Many workshops are organized in effort to improve media.

By Daniel Deng Bol The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission(JMEC) in collaboration with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have organized a two-day workshop starting Monday in the South Sudanese capital Juba on Monday to enhance the understanding of the media on the provisions of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. On his opening remarks, JMEC Chief of Staff Amb. Berhanu Kebede said: ” the media today is playing an outstanding role in creating and shaping public opinion and strengthening the political, economic and social basis of any given society. As a fourth pillar of democracy along with the judiciary, executive and legislature, the media today have an all-embracing role to act against injustice and continuously inform citizens of the changes taking place in the respective society”. Amb. Kebede said the workshop is both timely and of great importance […]

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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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5,000 SPLA-IO soldiers join peace in Yei

Representatives of the Yei government and the opposition group during the signing of the peace deal in Kampala on May 31, 2017. (Radio Tamazuj)


By Atem John At least five thousand soldiers from Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army-In Opposition( SPLA-IO) loyal to Dr. Riek Machar’s faction in Yei River State  have joined the peace process and are ready for reorganization and reintegration following the Kampala peace accord brokered by church leaders. According to national information minister Michael Makuei Lueth, the peace accord was signed Sunday last week by Brig. Gen. Hillary Edson Yakani, on behalf of Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In-Opposition (SPLA IO), and Maj. Gen. Marshal Babanen who signed on behalf of the government. Minister Makuei told the press in a briefing, after an extra-ordinary council of ministers meeting on Wednesday that the forces have started assembling in transit camps were they would be moved to assembly points for reorganization and reintegration into the national army. He said the cabinet has given the church a green-light to continue in pursuit of peace in Yei River […]

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South Sudan showcases its domestic products

A banner displays "Made in South Sudan Exhibition" outside Nyakuron Cultural Centre

By Atem John In the first ever exhibition, the government of South Sudan in conjunction with United Nations Development Fund (UNDF), including members of the country’s private sectors on Tuesday opened a four-day exhibition aimed at showcasing its production skills and home-made or manufactured products. The exhibition aims at  unveiling opportunities available in the country for both domestic and foreign businesses in order to salvage a plummeting economy and encourage growth. About 200 business companies, among them local manufacturers, showcase varieties of locally made products which include bottled water, alcohol, juice, honey and food snacks, shea butter and cosmetics, iron sheets, detergents and liquid soaps, mattresses, and furniture. The event was attended by business community, senior government officials, members of the diplomatic corps and UN agencies. Speaking at the event, trade minister Dr. Moses Hassen said most of the country’s resources  such as gold, timber, skin, hide, gum Africa, coffee […]

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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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The Key Catalysts that Contribute to the Deterioration of Security: Case Study of Jonglei State, South Sudan

A pie chart showing the parties involved in the Jonglei Conflict

(Dissertation Report Submitted to the Faculty of Defence and Security as Requirement for the Partial fulfilment of Master’s Degree in Management Science of Cranfield University By Kuol Gabriel Nyok Kur Executive Summary The phenomena of cattle raiding, inter-tribal conflict and revenge killings amongst the pastoralists of South Sudan particularly in Jonglei State where the trend has increased international concern over the past few years given its intensity in terms of lives and properties as to how the newest nation can overcome the challenges of nation-building in terms of governance. For example, on  1st January 2012, a group of armed Lou Nuer youth estimated at 6,000 attacked Pibor town targeting members of Murle ethnic background at the same time burning down all the existing infrastructures as well as killing 1,000 civilians. This barbaric behaviour by the state inhabitants has left the state exposed to the ravages of insecurity hence, the deteriorating […]

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Assessment of Factors that Prevent Pregnant Mothers from Attending Antennal Care Services in Munuki Payam (Juba, 2015)

Factors affecting attendance of FANC among Pregnant Women in Munuki Payam (Juba, South Sudan)

Authors: Jok  Peter  Mayom  Jil, Peter Mawiir Piol Deng, and Ayak Mading Ador Deng (Research submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award of BSc. in Public and Environmental Health at Upper Nile University) Chapter One: Introduction 1.1 Background to the Study Maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality have continued to be a major problem in developing countries of which South Sudan is part despite efforts to reverse the trend. Globally, more than 500,000 mothers die each year from pregnancy-related conditions, and neonatal mortality accounts for almost 40% of the estimated 9.7 million children under-five deaths (UNICEF, 2009). In addition, 99% of maternal and newborn mortality occur in developing countries. The greatest risk of maternal deaths, which is now compounded by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, is faced by women in Sub-Saharan Africa (O’Callaghan, 1999). Research has shown that most of the maternal and neonatal deaths are avoidable (Stevens-Simon, 2002). Antenatal care is […]

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Notes from China: Prosperity in Principle

By Thon Thon Following my recent visit to China, in which I attended a seminar on Parasitic Diseases Control and Elimination with the view to sharing experiences in service delivery structure and social administration of the Chinese system, I find it relevant to reflect on a few things. I believe every South Sudan who visits China is amazed by the legend of Chinese country whose territory is covering approximately 9.6 million square kilometers. It is the world’s second large area with a population of over 1.381 billion. The state is governed by the Communist Party of China, the vanguard party based in Beijing, its capital. The adage ‘no pain no gain’ – if you don’t work you won’t have food – rules China. Nobody wears eyeglasses or suits, no idleness at all. Behind the Chinese people is their unwavering government, with laws that satisfy their worth. Once you get there, you think […]

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Time Series Data Showing Monthly Fluctuations in the Volume of Sugar Import Between 2013 and 2014: A Case Study of Sugar Imported Via Nimule Border (at South Sudan-Uganda Border)

Nimule is a major entry point into South Sudan

  By Alier Michael Majak ABSTRACT This research report deals with the analysis of South Sudan volume of imported quantities of Sugar in metric tons from Nimule Station for a period of two years (2013-2014) and specifically focuses on seasonal variations on the volume of imported sugar and their major determinants. Sugar has always drawn a wide attention of the governments all over the world. South Sudan is an important participator in the world sugar market. It is not only consumption country but also main net import and a big potential sugar consumption country in the world sugar market. Sugar in South Sudan depends on import to make up the supply-demand gap. This research first identifies the main determinants of imported sugar and further their effects on the variables quantified. Further, the component correlation on selected customs value is analyzed. The researcher examines the factors influencing the sugar imports in […]

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