South Sudan Development Agency (SSUDA) a registered national non-governmental organization works to contribute to a just, healthy and empowered community by supporting the most vulnerable and marginalized communities (men, women and young people) in South Sudan to improve their living conditions through socio-economic empowerment, protection, education, community health, Water and Sanitation, Food Security and livelihood and Peace-building. SSUDA has over 10 years’ experience in working with communities in conflict and post-conflict situations, including refugees, internally displaced people.
According to various reports Upper Nile region have one of the highestburden of disease, infant and child mortality, illiteracy rates, high level impact of emergencies, coupled by other effect of wars in South Sudan. SSUDA has its headquarters in Juba and before the recent war it operated 4 Satellite offices in Upper Nile and Warrap States with 60 members of staff. Currently SSUDA draws its operational capacity on a strong human resource base comprising of 35 employees, including administrative, research, technical and field staff. The team is led by a Program Director, SSUDA Board comprises of 7 individuals (Men and Women) representing the beneficiaries and other stakeholders from all sectors. In implementing its programs SSUDA makes use of the existing community structures in a process that is consultative and vulnerable host communities. who also serves as, the Secretary of the board.
SSUDA’s strategy is in line with the Development Assistance Framework for the republic of South Sudan, UN Millennium Goals, Sustainable Development Goals – 2030 Agenda and other National Sectoral humanitarian and development policy frameworks through which communities take an active role in humanitarian intervention and development SSUDA successfully implemented UNICEF/DFID funded project on Child friendly spaces in schools (CFS), community development, construction and school gardening in 8 counties (2011-2013). SSUDA has long working relationship with UN bodies i.e FAO, WFP, UNICEF, CHF, UNMISS and with Cordaid through Emergency Response and EU PRO-ACT funding, food security and resilience building in 3 counties in Upper Nile State as a co-applicant. The organization was severely affected by the recent conflict and has worked closely in partnership with Cordaid to help rebuild its presence and capacity. Despite the setback it remains one of the strongest and most respected organizations This is evidenced by its presence in the POCs, its strong relationship with the Government of South Sudan, the communities and its track record of having secured funding from the Common Humanitarian Fund. Additionally, SSUDA is a member of National NGO Forum, National Platform for Peace and Reconciliation (NPPR) and actively participate in several Clusters including Protection, FSL, Education, WaSH and NFI/ES. issues. on the ground in Upper Nile.