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South Sudan

The Research

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:

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. Livelihood trajectories: Post-conflict livelihood recovery in South Sudan

The South Sudan Research Programme Leaflet

The Team

Our South Sudan research programme is being led by the Feinstein International Center (FIC) based at Tufts University in conjunction with Swisspeace and the
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Contact Us

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
Tufts University
114 Curtis Street
Massachusetts 02144
Tel: (617) 627-3423 
Fax: (617) 627-3428 
Email: slrc@odi.org.uk
Title Author Summary Country Date
Livelihoods, access to services and perceptions of governance: An analysis of Uror and Nyirol counties, South Sudan Daniel Maxwell, Martina Santschi, Rachel Gordon, Philip Dau and Leben Moro This report is based on qualitative fieldwork conducted in Uror and Nyirol Counties, Jonglei State, South Sudan and a household survey conducted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and SLRC in 2012. Together these studies comprise a baseline analysis of livelihoods, access to social services and people’s perceptions of participation and governance. South Sudan 30/04/2014
In the eye of the storm: An analysis of internal conflict in South Sudan’s Jonglei State Rachel Gordon This working paper aims to shed light on the conflict dynamics of one of the country’s poorest and least-analysed states in South Sudan – Jonglei – through the post-Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and independence period, leading up to the present crisis. South Sudan 06/03/2014
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). South Sudan 03/09/2012