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The outbreak of conflict in December 2013 in Juba and subsequently elsewhere in the country was disastrous for South Sudan. Since independence on 9 July 2011, the new country has struggled with huge development challenges. Decades of war have left a legacy of chronic poverty, inequality, and limited capacity and infrastructure. The first part of 2013 saw some initial progress towards establishing a more development focused approach. That progress was reversed by the outbreak of conflict. Since the start of the violence, thousands of people have been killed, and over 1 million have fled their homes, including to neighbouring countries. Despite the signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement, fighting has continued. By April 2014, 4.9 million people were in urgent need of humanitarian aid. In late 2013–14 the UK developed an interim strategy in response to the conflict. This reflects a shift from ‘business as usual’.

Top priorities

  • humanitarian response and strengthening resilience, particularly in the area of food security
  • basic services in health and education, supporting the most vulnerable, especially women and girls
  • focused work on governance where we can support reconciliation and peacebuilding
  • underpin all programmes with a strong focus on conflict sensitivity

Further resources

DFID Operational Plan for South Sudan
South Sudan page on GOV.UK website

Key Info

  • Project budget approved for 2017/2018 More information about the total project budget £168,972,969
  • Project budget as % of DFID budget More information about the total project budget 2.35%
  • Active Projects 15
  • Population (2015, source World Bank): 12.34 million
  • % living below $1.90 per day (2009, source World Bank): 42.71%
  • Fertility rate (2014, source World Bank): 5.02
  • GDP growth rate (2015, source World Bank): -6.35%
Sector groups as a percentage of country budget More information about the sector groups
Project budget total by year More information about project funding
Budgets approved at a project level to date. This may be different from the overall operational plan budget for South Sudan.