Project Factsheet
United Nations Fund Darfur
Start Date *: 17 Dec 2015
End Date*: 31 Mar 2019
Country: Sudan Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Duration: 18 months

Lead Agency: UNICEF (with UNDP)

Pillar 2: Reconstruction

Project Objectives

Improved access to and quality of education;

Increased access to sustainable employment opportunities.

Introduction & Problem Statement:

After a decade of conflict and displacement in Darfur, large numbers of children, adolescents and youth have grown up witnessing or participating in fighting, their homes and communities destroyed. Families and social structures have been disrupted, making young people vulnerable to risk-taking behaviours and the conflict has left an entire generation without access to education. Darfur has around 30% of all out-of-school children (OOSC) in Sudan, over half of which are female. Gender inequalities persist, particularly in rural areas and among nomadic communities and the lack of qualified teachers and shortage of textbooks and materials remain key barriers to students staying in school and to learning achievement in Darfur.

Conflict and/or environmental decline have, frequently, cut them off from their families’ traditional livelihoods, and they are the least prepared for pursuing alternative options. Pastoralism does not have the absorptive capacity or attraction to accommodate the growing population and labour force and there is insufficient investment in other sectors to address this gap. Agriculture presents a huge opportunity for employment, though children and youth displaced from the land require education to give them the knowledge and skills to realize this potential. The children are left with few options, not only are they unemployed but are unskilled and unemployable in anything other than the most basic manual work.

Exclusion from education, unemployment and lack of future prospects are the main drivers of instability and need to be addressed as urgent issues. Out-of-school and unemployed youth are especially at risk of recruitment by different armed groups.


The Project therefore, aims to reverse this trend and assist large numbers of out-of-school children, adolescents and youth to attain literacy and numeracy as well as economic livelihood skills, to ensure their education, employability and a more productive and stable future.

The Project focuses on OOSC and youth, young school-dropouts, girls, nomads and IDPs by providing them with a chance to catch up on lost education, equipping them with necessary literacy and life skills and increasing their employability for improved livelihoods.

Implementing Partners:

The Project implemented by UNDP and UNICEF in close coordination and partnership with DRA Ministry of Technology Development and Capacity Building, DRA Ministry of Reconstruction, Development and Infrastructure, the Darfur Reconstruction and Development Fund and the Voluntary Returns and Resettlement Commission, as well as the relevant state Ministries of Education and Planning, Ministries of Youth & Sports, and the private sector.

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