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.
People across South Sudan are struggling to manage the consequences and implications of multiple crises: political, economic and social. Even before the current crises, South Sudan was characterized by low human development indicators, nascent institutions, government austerity, fundamentally non-existent transport infrastructure and a climate system that renders more than half of the country physically inaccessible by road for six months of of the year. In the face of appalling suffering, humanitarian efforts have expanded and resulted in remarkable achievements.