Trajectories of International Engagement with State and Local Actors: Evidence from South Sudan

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Daniel Maxwell, Rachel Gordon, Leben Moro, Martina Santschi and Philip Dau
Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium
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This paper poses the basic questions:

- How have international actors engaged with the South Sudanese state and local actors in order to improve access to basic services, and to build state capacity to deliver those services as well as social protection and livelihoods support?

- What have been the impacts of such engagement on service delivery, and more broadly?

- What can the policymakers and practitioners of international aid learn from the history of international engagement with South Sudan prior to and during the current conflict?

The paper traces shifts in international engagement and the implications of these shifts for understanding the trends in service provision specifically, and recovery and development more generally, in South Sudan. This analysis is intended to offer some direction for the future of international engagement in fragile and conflict-affected states around the objectives of service delivery and state-building. The paper traces trends from the civil war through the post-CPA and Independence era to the renewed violent conflict of late 2013 through 2015, to explore whether there is any strong link at the ground level between service provision (including basic services such as health, education and water, as well as livelihoods support and social protection) and state-building.