Since her independence in 2011, Norway’s contribution to South Sudan has steadily increased. After the crises in 2013, the humanitarian situation has demanded more attention to meet immediate needs for the population of South Sudan than development programmes.
Norway has contributed 3.093 Billion NOK (Approx. USD 455 million) in both development and humanitarian assistances to South Sudan as of 2011, through its key partners the UN and Norwegian NGOs operating in the country.
Norway’s contribution have been utilize in areas of;
- Capacity building through various programmes including the IGAD regional initiative for capacity enhancement and IMF Trust Fund as well as to Macro Economics Technical Support.
- Emergency livelihood response through increased production, tools, seeds, information (FAO) and livelihood and smallholders’ production through Norwegian Peoples Aid.
- Access to quality education implemented by; UNICEF, Save the Children, ADRA, Brac, Norwegian Refugee Council and Stromme Foudation.
- Peace and reconciliation through BBC media Action (“Life in Lulu”), Justice Africa and Norwegian Church Aid (South Sudan Council of Churches)
- Implementation of the peace agreement through support to JMEC, CTSAMM and the planned Joint Integrated Police, and lastly
- Humanitarian assistance.
In addition, Norway gives core support to a number of UN organizations operating in South Sudan through the global allocation, thus, is the largest contributor to UNICEF’S education programs in the country.
However, some support to major sectors were frozen due to the conflict of 2013, which could have otherwise contributed to heightening the country’s struggling economy. These, include areas of cooperation on the petroleum sector and plans to develop Fula Rapids to cover the electricity needs of the country’s capital, Juba.