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RURAL ACTION AGAINST HUNGER
Building a Resilient Community in South Sudan


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Background
Submission of this report is based on an extension of a Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) pilot project that was implemented in Narus Payam, Kapoeta East County By Rural Action Against Hunger (RAAH), an implementing partner of CORDAID from September 2014 to September 2015, after a Participatory Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) was conducted from the 11thto the 18th of July 2014. It was during this assessment that 7 major hazards were identified and ranked by the community in their importance of social and economic impact as being drought, conflict, malaria, East Coast Fever (ECF), witchcraft, cholera and CBP. Of all these hazards,drought and conflict were identified by the participating group of 175 participants(3/4 women) as the most important hazards because of their potentiality in causing disaster based on historical disastrous occurrences in the past 5 to 10 years.
 
Conflicts associated with water shortage as the result of draught were sighted as catalysts for aggravating killings and social and economic destruction in the area. The PDRA also identified weak community capacity in terms of organizational, resource mobilization competence, and backwardness as some of the weakness that the CMDRR project needed to address. However, due to the limitation of the implementation period and funding shortage, RAAH was unable to achieve what was planned within the short period of piloting the project and in retrospective, RAAH submitted a proposal to CORDAID for the extension of the project so as to particularly address issues of conflict associated with water shortage for both animals and human, as well as livelihoods diversification through introduction of root crop like short term draught resistant cassava variety, women self-help saving capacity draught animal traction to increase cropping land size, leadership skills, and peaceful co-existence among the various community groups in Narus. It was on this understanding that CORDAID approved the proposedExtension request and funds were later disbursed in February, 2016instead of December 2015 as was planned.
 
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Building a Resilient Community in South Sudan
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