Stabilization and early reintegration support for returnees in South Sudan

The project builds upon a set of demonstration skills and enterprise training approaches that were piloted by the UN MDGF Achievement Fund Joint Programmes on Conflict Prevention and Peace Building and Youth Employment.

Donor:  United Nations Peacebuilding Fund
Geographical Area of Implementation:  South Sudan: Wau, Aweil, and Kwajok in Greater Bahr el-Ghazal
Contacts:  Ms. Kholoud Alkhaldi, Senior Enterprise Development Specialist

Implementation strategy

This intervention is part of an ILO/IOM project funded by UN PBF. The ILO component focuses on the provision of simple business skills including the development of an elementary business idea/proposal for 1,500 women and youth. The IOM component supports vocational skills training for 300 youth including the provision of start-up kits. In addition IOM manages the small business start-up kits and grants for the business skills graduates.

The project builds upon a set of demonstration skills and enterprise training approaches that were piloted by the UN MDGF Achievement Fund Joint Programmes on Conflict Prevention and Peace Building and Youth Employment. These programmes piloted markets assessments linked to skills training needs for income generation, micro-enterprises and cooperatives in: dairying, seed multiplication, restaurants, street foods, and labour-intensive construction contracting in Wau, Western Bahr el-Ghazal and in Warrap State. The PBF Returnees project builds and expands on this work by: (i) scaling-up the business and vocational skills training components to better reach recent returnees from the Sudan; and (ii) linking the vocational, business skills and business plans/ideas to outreach and referral support including where possible work placements.

The project seeks to ensure that livelihood opportunities and services are provided to address the increasing challenges that are negatively impacting reintegration in the peri-urban and urban communities of Wau, Aweil and Kwajok. These have become concentration points for returnee populations from the Sudan and there is an urgent need to assist both the authorities and the private sector to develop labour market and market place capacities for contracted employment, own account workers, and member-based enterprises.