CONTEXT AND RATIONALE
In 2018 it is forecast that 7.1million people in South Sudan—more than 60 percent of its population—will need assistance and protection.Every State is affected, with nearly 5.7 million people in need of food and livelihood support; 5.6 million people in need of water, sanitation and hygiene support; 5.1 million people in need of emergency health services; and 1.84 children in need of emergency education support.
In many parts of the country communities are calling for change—resisting conflict and focusing on recovery.To support this groundswell, a different partnership model is called for --one which relies directly on communities and civil society to both demand and drive gains in governance, health, education, food and nutrition security and economic well-being.This model calls for increased partnership and accountability between donors, UN agencies, and non-governmental organizations at both national and local levels to ensure that support reaches the communities and households that require it.
VISION, OUTCOMES, AND COMMITMENTS
To address these issues, the Partnership for Recovery and Resilience (PfRR) in South Sudan unites donors, UN agencies, and non-governmental organizations at both national and local levels to ensure that support reaches the communities and households that require it. PfRR targets seven geographic areas of South Sudan and builds on community-identified strengths and priorities, while tapping into the remarkable survivalabilities of local populations.
VISION:To simultaneously resolve the political impasse, deal with increasing humanitarian needs, and build the resilience of citizens, communities and institutions Outcomes: Reduced vulnerability, increased resilience; and inclusive, secure, and cohesive communities that are healthy, capable, and productive.
OUTCOMES: Reduced vulnerability, increased resilience; and inclusive, secure, and cohesive communities that are healthy, capable, and productive.
APPROACH AROUND THE 4 PILLARS
PfRR’s partnership model is unique in that it links and coordinates diverse partner activities working with the same people in shared geographies. This coordination and integration of complementary humanitarian and development assistance activities allows for donors, UN entities, and NGOs to adjustas communities increase resilience overtime. PfRR applies a partner-driven approach to collaborate, co-locate, and coordinate programming around four pillar areas: Re-establish Access to Basic Services, Rebuild Trust in People and Institutions, Restore Productive Capacities, and Nurture Effective Partnerships.
KEY PRINCIPLES THAT GUIDE ALL PARTNERS
- Conflict sensitivity: Partners will make an effort to articulate how their actions may or may not in any way are likely to fuel conflict now and in the near future.
- Funding flexibility: Partners have a choice to fund or receive funding bilaterally or multilaterally. However, to be able to ensure we operate at scale and in synergy, partners will report such investments.
- Open and voluntary platform: Partners make a choice to engage collaboratively subscribing to the goal of reducing vulnerability and strengthening coping capacities as per communique.
- Each initiative will have a mechanism for coordination and accountability. That will ensure flexibility in coordination.
- Steering Committee will provide guidance: The SCwill provide overall leadership of the growing partnership.
- Actions and engagement should involve and strengthen capacities of local communities to ensure sustainability.
OPERATIONALIZING LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
The Partnership is not about delivering resilience to communities –it is about helping communities deliver on their ambitions and commitments to change and building resilience. This is led by supporting local leaders tosuccessfully put in place core building blocks for a partnership, including “champions” group, includingfaith-based agencies, women’s groups, traditional authorities, and othersthat are working together,developing a coordination structure in the community to facilitate collaboration; and establishing a set of commitments that communities agree on to ensure the success of the PfRR.