Project information

Facilitating the return of the diaspora

During the long civil war many South Sudanese were forced to flee with their families. As a new nation, South Sudan has great potential which can only be realised with the return of its citizens. Skills seeks to offer practical support to those who would return home to fill key roles in South Sudan.

18 months

Charity information: Skills For Southern Sudan

Skills For Southern Sudan
  • Need


    War destroyed the education system and sent skilled citizens abroad. Without their input key jobs will be filled by foreign workers and South Sudan’s destiny will be outside its own control. This was why SKILLS was formed by the South Sudanese community in the UK in 1994. Some have returned and are playing a significant role in the new country. Others face obstacles which with appropriate support and encouragement could be overcome.


    Building on past experience helping South Sudanese develop skills in preparation for return, SKILLS plans a new programme. In cooperation with the diaspora and embassy it will help those interested in returning to promote South Sudan’s development. This will involve developing a register of individual skills, consultation with the community in different UK cities, and developing links with potential employers in government, NGO, and private sector in South Sudan.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build confidence in return


    » Hold regional consultations in cities across the UK involving those who have returned already.
    » Explore demand for work experience placements in South Sudan for the second generation.
    » Disseminate information on return through the SKILLS website.
    » Develop a programme of practical support tailored to the current needs of the diaspora community.

    What success will look like

    Success in the initial phase may be judged by the numbers registering for return, attending consultations, and visiting the website.

    Aim 2

    To identify possible solutions to overcome obstacles to return.


    » Hold regional consultations in cities across the UK involving those who have overcome some of the obstacles of return.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by numbers attending consultations and developing solutions around which there is wide consensus.

    Aim 3

    To provide links to potential employers.


    » Build a register of those wishing to return to South Sudan.
    » Work in cooperation with the South Sudanese government and organisations working in the country to discover opportunities for work.

    What success will look like

    Success will be judged by the number signing up to the register of skills and interest among employers in employing those on the register.

  • Impact


    A growing number of South Sudanese choosing to return to work in South Sudan and growing use of the skills of the South Sudanese diaspora to develop the new nation.


    There is a risk the numbers registering and attending consultations may be limited in the initial phase. We will mitigate against these risks working closely with the South Sudanese community in the UK and with the Embassy of South Sudan.


    Will will report on progress made through a newsletter and keep donors informed of potential developments.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

    Loading graph....
      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 venue hire hire of building and provision of lunch for four workshops
      £1,000 travel funds to reimburse travel costs for participants
      £2,500 staff salary and administrative costs
  • Background


    Oxford (UK office) and consultations in major cities such as London, Birmingham, and Leeds.


    South Sudanese in the diaspora and ultimately the nation of South Sudan through the contribution made to its development by those who choose to return.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Skills was established sixteen years ago by the South Sudanese community in the UK to prepare the skills needed to develop the country once peace was achieved. It has long experience of working with the community, of providing training and work experience opportunities, and of assisting individuals to return.

    Read more about the charity running this project on the website, and booklets available from John in the UK office - 01865 712900

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John Fenning - UK Liaison Officer

    John has a background in conflict resolution in the South Sudan, as well as research experience in diaspora affairs in the UK.

    Sekina Dario

    SKILLS trustee and key member of the diaspora