Until very recently, South Sudan – the world’s newest state – had been at war for almost half a century. The long armed conflict generated devastating impacts not only on the lives and livelihoods of millions of South Sudanese, but also on government and state institutions, resulting in heavily reduced capacity, an erosion of legitimacy, and a breakdown in state-society relations.
Today, the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) enjoys popularity in many parts of the country, largely due to the ultimate success of the long struggle for independence. South Sudanese people hope that their nation’s independence is followed up with effective delivery of services and economic progress, without which the country is unlikely to see improvements in incomes and well-being at the household and community level and stable state-building at the national level.
The SLRC South Sudan Research Programme will explore the enormous challenges to making such improvements by rigorously investigating the following three research themes:
- Building new South Sudan: How does the delivery of basic services and social protection in South Sudan affect the internal dimensions of state-building and state formation?
- Finding the right balance: How do, and how should, international aid organizations engage with the South Sudanese state in order to improve state capacity to deliver social protection and basic services?
- Livelihood trajectories: Post-conflict livelihood recovery in South Sudan
The South Sudan Research Programme Leaflet
For further information about the SLRC South Sudan Research Programme, or to get hold of hard copies of any our publications please contact Rachel Gordon at:
Feinstein International Center
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Tel: (617) 627-3423
Fax: (617) 627-3428
Livelihoods, basic services and social protection in South Sudan
Daniel Maxwell, Kirsten Gelsdorf and Martina Santschi
This working paper summarises the existing literature on livelihoods, basic services and social protection in South Sudan; presents a brief analysis of this literature, and lays out potential research questions for the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC).