Following three IRF projects totalling $4.5 million in 2011 and 2012, the PBF approved a Peacebuilding Priority Plan in 2013 of $10 million for two priorities within the peacebuilding support plan developed by the Government and UNMISS. The priorities are (a) improved economic and employment opportunities for young people; and (b) access to water resources for both human and livestock consumption. The project activities, all implemented in Jonglei State, were to respond to identified conflict drivers relating to lack of coverage of services in rural areas and competition over natural resources. Since the relapse into violence at the end of 2013, the projects were largely suspended before they got off the ground. In light of the signing of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan in August 2015, PBSO extended the Peacebuilding Priority Plan which will allow for the different project initiated in 2013 to be finalized to try and build momentum for the new Agreement by delivering peace dividends. PBSO is ready to explore ways to further assist the country in the implementation of the Agreement
Total funding support in US$: 14.5 Million ($4.5m for IRF projects (completed) and $10 million for Peacebuilding Priority Plan (active))
Focus of current PBF support:
|Project name/ ID||One sentence explaining focus||Period||Budget||RUNOs|
|PBF/SSD/D-1 South Jonglei Youth Literacy and Peace Building Initiative||The initiative will develop literacy skills for at risk adolescents and youth and contribute towards national efforts in laying economic foundations to reduce economic marginalization and competition over scare resources.||April 2013 – Dec 2015||
|PBF/SSD/D-2 Peacebuilding Secretariat – South Sudan||The PBF Secretariat provides support to the Steering Committee. A support officer will be recruited to support the Head of the SSRF/PBF Secretariat in managing the PBF. The cost for monitoring and evaluation at the fund level and for hiring a Support Officer are considered as direct cost and covered from the PBF allocation of USD 10 million to South Sudan||May 2013 – Dec 2015||
|PBF/SSD/E-1 Conflict Prevention Through Access to Water Points (Hafirs and Boreholes)||The construction of haffirs and boreholes in conflict-prone four counties of Jonglei State will mitigate against violent incidents, including Sexual Gender Based Violence, along migratory routs through access to water points for livestock and human consumption. The project also provides income generation for women through sustainable maintenance of the boreholes within the water committees.||May 2013 – Aug 2016||
|PBF/SSD/D-4: Assessment of water harvesting structures for sustainable livelihoods and peace building in South Sudan||The aim of the project is to contribute to effective peace building by reducing conflicts between communities for dry season livestock water through enhancing the knowledge base on water harvesting and management.||Dec 2013 – Dec 2014||
|PBF/SSD/D-3: Skills and Employment for Peace||The initiative will develop young men and women’s technical and business skills through established skills centres as well as mobile units. In doing so, the project will contribute towards national efforts in laying the economic foundations to reduce marginalization and competition over scarce resources.||Oct 2013 - Dec 2015||
Overview of PBF support and results:
In the first quarter of 2013, following three IRF projects totalling $4.5 million in 2011 and 2012, the PBF approved a Peacebuilding Priority Plan of a $10 million for two priorities within the peacebuilding support plan developed by the Government and the UNMISS. The priorities are (a) improved economic and employment opportunities for young people; and (b) access to water resources for both human and livestock consumption. At the end of December 2013, four projects were approved: a project to address water resources, an employment project, a project to address youth literacy and projects and a project to improve management of natural resources and livelihoods. The violent conflict and political crisis at the end of 2013 hampered the projects to make significant progress and the PBF put its allocation on hold.
In August 2015, after 20 months of internal conflict in South Sudan, the “Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan” was signed by President Salva Kiir and the former Vice-President and rebel leader Riek Machar. The Agreement provides for a transitional phase of governance, within which a Transitional Government of National Unity is tasked with initiating and overseeing a Permanent Constitution-making process and ensuring justice and accountability for the crimes committed over the course of the conflict. Following the signing of this peace Agreement, PBSO approved the extension of the Peacebuilding Priority Plan, which will allow for the different project initiated in 2013 to be finalized to demonstrate peace dividends. PBSO is ready to explore ways to further assist the country in the implementation of the Agreement.
Key documents:Download Peacebuilding Priority Plan Download Letter of approval of the extension of the Peacebuilding Priority Plan
Updated October 2015
Quarterly reports for each project are available on the MPTF-O Gateway site