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Community integrity building programme in Lainya County, South Sudan
About this resource
Rural South Sudan is characterised by populations with limited technical capacity and resources to communicate or address their local issues. Services are also limited and often delivered by international NGOs or the local government through support of international NGOs or international donors. There is a lack of physical infrastructure, especially roads and facilities for social services such as schools and healthcare; and, most importantly, there is limited engagement with communities in the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects delivered to address their needs.
The majority of projects in the area have a limited understanding of the local context and inadequate engagement with community stakeholders. Often service providers are not accountable to the community and other stakeholders for the delivery of their services, which is compounded by limited access to information about these projects. This lack of transparency can result in the misappropriation of community resources.
The Society for Civic Development (SCD) is implementing a Community Integrity Building programme that aims to improve the delivery of projects, distribution and utilisation of resources and access to information in Lainya County. The programme empowers the community to identify and communicate their issues, helps them monitor services and resources, enables them to access information about projects and resources from service providers, engages all relevant stakeholders and demonstrates accountability through its work.
Denis Ladu presented SCD’s work on empowering citizens, tracking resources and holding humanitarian actors to account in Lainya County, South Sudan.