Oxfam Novib’s programme in Sudan mainly targets the regions of Central and Western Equatoria, South Kordofan, Gedaref, Kassala and the Red Sea States.
Oxfam Novib is curently preparing to adjust its work in Sudan, taking into account the outcome and implications of recent political developments, most importantly the recent referendum to separate the South from the North.
In Sudan we are working on all five of our aims. Under the “right to a sustainable livelihood” programme, we are working with local partners to reach small-scale farmers, pastoralists and fisher folk.
We will also work with small-scale farmers to improve their access to information, inputs, improved processing and storage facilities, and financial services. We wil build the capacity of civil society to assist farmers to organise and advocate their rights on relevant issues for example land rights and tenure.
South Sudan in particular has a good deal of potential to improve its agricultural production. Based on the findings and recommendations of a detailed field study carried out in the last quarter of 2010, Oxfam Novib has explored ways to support livelihoods in Western and Central Equatoria. This will be done mostly through agriculture and aquaculture through a large programme of intervention starting in the second quarter of 2011.
On the right to basic social services, we’re focusing on access to quality education. We’ll be supporting teacher training, curriculum development, community involvement and adult literacy.
Sudan’s history of conflict informs our choice to focus our programme on the right to life and security on improving the resilience of local populations in conflict situations through conflict-sensitive programming, measures to reduce conflict, and improving community managed disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction.
To secure the right to social and political participation, we are working with local partners to improve access to information and justice for marginalised groups, especially women. We will contribute through partners’ capacity building provide space for civil society to monitor and report on the transparency of both government and private sector to key stakeholders.
Our “right to an identity” programme targets advances for women in terms of reduced violence and increased respect for their sexual and reproductive rights. We are aiming towards more inclusiveness of women in decision making, advancing leadership roles for women and the mainstreaming of gender justice in civil rights organisations.
In addition we are working to reduce the vulnerability of poor women to contracting HIV/AIDS through public awareness on the need to educate girls and how to prevent infections, while partner local CSOs provide skills training and livelihood support to poor women. Efforts are also being made to reduce the stigmatisation of people living with HIV/AIDS through promotion of positive living and support to PLWAs groups.
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