The Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFI) Cluster provides life-saving assistance to people affected by crisis. Since the onset of the December 2013 conflict in South Sudan, the cluster has been reaching impacted communities across the country with assistance, with priority to the most conflict-affected areas. The fact that many of these locations are remote, scattered and hard-to-reach, adds a layer of complexity to the cluster’s interventions, raising issues around appropriate response methodology to ensure responsible and accountable approaches in the field.
As the new Guidelines are focused on GBV prevention and risk mitigation across all sectors of humanitarian response, including shelter, it is imperative that our country-level teams are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement this critical tool. This training will provide a valuable opportunity for cluster partners to learn more about how to implement the recommendations and monitor results.
The non-food items and emergency shelter (NFI&ES) cluster in South Sudan provides life-saving assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees and refugees caught up in disasters around the country. However, there remain many challenges to ensure that this assistance is delivered in the most effective manner, in a way that best meets the needs of affected people. This makes monitoring and evaluation (M&E) an essential aspect of the cluster’s work.
Even prior to the current conflict, South Sudan lacked a coherent, unified land administration system, with a largely unused land legislation co-existing with multiple customary as well as informal land rights systems. The overall land rights situation is hence characterized by great complexity, with multiple rules, procedures and institutions and authorities co-existing and frequently competing with one another. This leads to a confusing picture not only for outsiders but often also for the South Sudanese themselves.