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1.   Objective

The objective of the South Sudan Reconciliation, Stabilization, and Resilience Trust Fund (South Sudan RSRTF) is to provide strategic financing to integrated programmes that together lessen the destructive drivers of conflict and develop more peaceful and, ultimately, self-reliant communities.

The Fund will focus on supporting activities to achieve durable intra- and inter-community reconciliation and to foster stable environments in which communities can engage constructively on resilience. Through adaptive, complementary reconciliation, stabilization and resilience efforts the intent is to attain lasting change, supporting communities to realize the long-term, economic and livelihood gains of sustained peace.

Through an area-based programming approach, the Fund will bring together UN agencies, NGOs and the Mission to collectively work with communities in pursuing opportunities for transformational change, to move beyond cycles of conflict and violence. The approach will reinforce sustainable and inclusive, community driven programming that builds on existing resources including lessons and reflections on local practices and capacities for peace.

2.   Context

Years of protracted violence, resulting mass displacement and sustained economic decline have triggered an escalating humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. More than half of the population need lifesaving assistance and protection. The 2018 estimated cost of addressing these needs amounts to $1.7 billion dollars. On average the annual humanitarian appeal has increased by approximately $200 million each year for the past three years in response to growing need. As the gap between needs and resources widens globally, the reality of escalating needs and an inevitable decrease in resources will exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and likely result in increased loss of life.

Averting this crisis requires sustained investment to build more resilient communities so that the impact of shocks is diminished and dependency on humanitarian assistance reduced overtime. The continued provision of essential, lifesaving humanitarian assistance, therefore, must go hand in hand with programming that enables people to both emerge from cycles of crisis and build their resilience to cope with and recover from future shocks. Consequently, humanitarian and development actors are increasingly looking to bridge the divide between meeting emergency needs and achieving development goals, developing more ‘resilience’ focused initiatives and strategies to guide engagement and programming in South Sudan.

Drawing on the comparative advantages across UN agencies, NGOs, Civil Society and the UN Mission, the South Sudan RSRTF will promote integrated programming built around three essential elements that can lessen the destructive effects of the conflict and contribute to more self-reliant and peaceful communities:

Reconciliation: Restore trust and support peaceful coexistence and social cohesion through gender and age sensitive communal conflict management, prevention, mitigation and reconciliation.

Stabilization: Deter violence, restore security, and reinforce the rule of law and equitable access to justice, supported by strategic use of existing peacekeeping capability.

Resilience: Invest in community capacities and resources and promote equality, agency and self-reliance to meet basic needs sustainably without reliance on external assistance.

Efforts to promote reconciliation, create stability and strengthen resilience are equally critical. They are also mutually-reinforcing. As standalone initiatives each adds value to potentially elicit short-term results and changes to people’s lives. However, when harnessed together the chance of success to build peace and self-reliance over a medium / longer period is significantly enhanced.

Resilience programmes that encourage independence are more viable in a secure environment. A secure environment, however, that does not reconcile underlying differences is less sustainable. Supporting communities economically that have reconciled is more likely to equate to resilient and self-sustaining gains in the longer term and enable them to successfully resist pressure to resort to violence as they resolve or manage tension.

In South Sudan’s fluid and fragmented context, the notion of a linear continuum or transition from conflict and acute humanitarian need to reconciliation, recovery and development is unrealistic. The complementary elements supported by the Fund aim to enable more flexible and adaptive programming responsive to the inevitable shifting dynamics of the context, resulting in changeable sequencing and gradations of the three RSR elements over time as changing circumstances dictate.


3.   The Programmatic Framework

The programmatic framework of the South Sudan RSRTF is anchored in the United Nations Cooperation Framework (UNCF), and will also build upon the Mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and upon expanding efforts of Civil Society, the NGO and donor community to empower communities and build longer-term resilience to prevent further deterioration of the crisis while reducing dependency on humanitarian assistance.

Contributing to the overall aim of the UNCF, activities supported by the fund will support building resilience of women, girls, men, boys and communities to better withstand the shocks and stresses they face as a result of the current crises.

Based on the national context and priorities, the UNCF identifies four inter-linked challenges as part of its theory of change that summarize the impediments to sustainable development in South Sudan: deepened social and political fragmentation and gender inequality; economic crisis and lack of services; persistent conflict and fragility; and recurrent shocks and stresses.

To respond to these challenges the UNCF outlines a strategic approach to build resilience and support capacity building of national and local institutions as and where the security and political situation allows, with a set of specific priorities in each of the four priority areas.

Actions supported by the fund will contribute to achievement of results across the four UNCF priority pillars:

(i)                  Building Peace & Strengthening Governance;

(ii)                Strengthening Food Security and Recovering Local Economies;

(iii)               Strengthening Social Services; and

(iv)               Empowering Women and Youth.

These core areas encompass the essence of a broad spectrum of resilience-oriented efforts across NGOs, UN agencies, the Mission and donors. They too reflect the overarching goal of the South Sudanese 2018-2021 National Development Strategy (NDS).

The UNCF M&E framework provides outcome statements for each area capturing the desired change and the beneficiaries and responsible stakeholders, as well as a set of outcome level results indicators, baseline data and three-year targets. The theory of change emphasizes the interdependent nature, and the simultaneous pursuit of both short- and longer-term objectives. The trajectory that the theory envisions is non-linear, meaning that progress as well as setbacks are to be expected. Various risk factors will impact the prospects of promoting the priority areas, and these risks will be mitigated by ensuring conflict sensitivity and risk informed programming.

While contributing to the overarching goal of the UNCF, the Fund’s core approach will be the mobilization and coordination of financing for strategic interventions that coherently address the three elements of reconciliation, stabilization, and resilience to target delivery of meaningful short and medium-term results. Therefore, the scope of the Fund will be shaped according to the added value that can be attained through collective action, capitalizing on the comparative advantages of a diverse set of actors.

Critically, the South Sudan RSRTF will look to bridge silos and underpin a ‘whole of system’ approach that combines the strengths and added value of humanitarian, development and peacekeeping operations to realize common aims. The approach of the Fund is, therefore, closely aligned with the principles of the New Way of Working, supporting the realization of collective outcomes that reduce risk, vulnerability and overall levels of humanitarian need over time. The approach will similarly look to reinforce more sustainable and inclusive, community driven programming that strengthens existing capacities at national and local levels.



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Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
Total as of
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 64,897,427  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 396,484  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Total source of funds   65,293,910
Transferred to Participating Organizations 44,250,543  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Administrative Agent Fee 648,974  
Direct Cost 2,873,916  
Bank Charges 1,046  
Total use of funds   47,774,479
Balance with Administrative Agent   17,519,431
As a percentage of deposits   27.0%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 47,124,459  
Total resources   47,124,459
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 19,518,407  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Total expenses     19,518,407
Balance with Participating Organizations   27,606,052
As a percentage of transfers   58.6%
Total Balance of Funds   45,125,483
As a percentage of deposits   69.5%
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