Project information

Building Capacity of CBOs in South Sudan

to train advisers to work with a number of small to medium women's organisations in South Sudan so that they can become and effective voice for the community and promote sensitive and appropriate development to reduce poverty.

January 2012 - November 2014

Charity information: Skills For Southern Sudan

Skills For Southern Sudan
  • Need


    South Sudan has been ravaged by civil war for decades but now as a new country is enjoying a degree of peace. The people have no experience of developing community based initiatives to promote sustainable livelihoods, girls education and to meet other key challenges.


    The project will aim to share regional experience of effective development through training key South Sudanese to be advisers to civil society groups. The focus of the project will be on training women’s leaders. It was women who bore the burden of maintaining communities through the war and their skills are desperately needed to build a country that works together for the common good. The project will promote peaceful community development and so reduce the chances of return to conflict.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    to form a pool of 8 advisers and trainers


    » Place the potential advisers on a six month intensive tailored programme in Uganda to train them as advisers and trainers

    What success will look like

    Success will be the training and successful deployment of the eight advisers

    Aim 2

    To support the development of 32 women's community based organisations


    » Consult with key community stakeholders in government and the wider community to identify priorities and potential women's groups to benefit
    » Select and support the benficiary organisations to plan how they will use the services of the adviser to realise their organisational development

    What success will look like

    Success will be the improvement of the capacity of the women's groups through the support of the advisers

    Aim 3

    to promote networks of community organisations in the target areas as a base of enhancing their role


    » Work with local government and with civil society to develop a robust structure for promoting cooperation and communication

    What success will look like

    Success will be the establishment of effective and sustainable networks

    Aim 4

    To engage the community and local authorities in monitoring, evaluation, and review of activities


    » Provide the appropriate guidance and training to those involved in this area of work

    What success will look like

    Success will be the implementation of sound monitoring and evaluation linked to processes that will ensure necessary changes are made and community involvement is effective

  • Impact


    The project aims to transform the lives of the marginalised rural and urban communities in South Sudan by development effective civil society organisations for women to build a more cohesive society where people are enabled to improve their own lives.


    There is a risk of continued insecurity in parts of South Sudan. When this becomes intolerable advisers are redeployed. By using locally recruited advisers we hope that the chances of remaining in place are good. The project itself will promote peace.


    We already have well developed mechanisms for reporting regularly to donors both through our head office in South Sudan and our liaison office in the UK. We will report also on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £169,700

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      Amount Heading Description
      £17,000 Trainee selection Consultation, selection and orientation of trainee advisers
      £46,700 Training of Advisers Intensive six month programme for 8 advisers
      £42,000 Training CBOs Identification of beneficiary organisations and support of relevant trianing by the advisers
      £36,000 Monitoring and Evaluation development of M&E, training, network development
      £14,000 Public Engagement Fora, engagement with local and national authorities and other CBOs
      £14,000 Management Overall management of the programme

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Baring Foundation £80,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will be located in Western Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile States in South Sudan with a possible extension to a third state.


    South Sudan is by some measures the poorest country in the world and the one with least access to education and training. This is the legacy of prolonged conflict. The beneficiaries will come from communities who are marginalised even by South Sudan standards. Within these states our focus is on women’s groups, as women bore many of the costs of war and face the danger of marginalisation in peace. This will build a more cohesive society equipped to pull together for the common good.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since its foundation in 1995, developing women’s leadership has been a core priority of Skills projects. We ourselves are a community based organisation with good relationships with both local government and civil society due to a long record of effective service in South Sudan. These factors, as well as our track record of bringing together the whole community in projects that benefit all society mean we are well placed to deliver this programme.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sakondo Galdino

    Sakondo is an experienced development professional who will oversee the whole project as Director of Skills for Southern Sudan

    Monica Emiru

    Monica is the Programme Manager. She has a Masters in Development Studies and wide experience of development work both in South Sudan and in Uganda

    John Fenning

    John is the UK Liaison Officer of Skills for Southern Sudan based in Oxford and plays a vital role in linking with UK based donors.