The Civil Society Facility (CSF) for South Sudan is a multi-donor fund established to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations to bring about positive changes in the lives and well-being of communities and groups. The Civil Society Facility funds Outreach Partners (OPs), relatively large organisations (intermediaries), who are commissioned to undertake organisational capacity building to transfer skills to smaller CSOs and groups (or those with less well established governance structures, systems etc). The civil Society facility has funded four Outreach Partners to start the following projects:
This project focusses on enhanced humanitarian programming and policy engagement capacity among civil society organizations in the Greater Western Equatoria region. WVI proposes a threefold approach to capacity building; firstly, the development of individual skills and expertise of participating CSOs staff. Secondly, the development of the CSO partners’ capacity in terms of its procedures, systems, policies and culture and its ability to relate and act which also includes its organizational sustainability. Lastly, the systemic/societal level which involves changes in societal values, customs, laws, policies and system of governance.
Protracted conflicts in South Sudan have weakened civil society. In Bor area most CSOs lost their skills to effectively manage and oversee their core functions. As a result, communities are underrepresented in initiatives of (local) government and international organizations to get out of the cycle of violent conflict. Therewith an important link in reaching consensus and support for peace building initiatives remains missing. The goal of this project is to contribute to the development of a stronger civil society in Bor area, represented by CSOs that act and advocate towards authorities and decision makers on behalf of their constituency and in their interest.
South Sudan has in the recent past recorded high emergence of South Sudanese civil society organizations. However, they are still limited in terms of technical know-how and resources, particularly inadequate skills in areas of organizational effectiveness, advocacy and resource mobilizations to sustain their activities. The goal of this project is to increase the strength and effectiveness of civil society organizations in NBeG by working with community members, their leaders and authorities/decision makers to deliver on their mandates by building a strong network/alliances that will influence the responsiveness of public institutions at all levels.
This project will build off of NPA's current civil society work in South Sudan, which is aligned well to the aims of this project. The overall goal of the project is to strengthen the capacity of civil society (communities and groups) in Bor to act on issues that affect them. This will be achieved through achieving two short term outcomes that will lead to the long-term aim of the larger CSF programme of creating positive change and impact within the communities that our civil society partners serve and represent in the project location of Bor.