South Sudan & Sudan

About 80 percent of Sudan’s population lives on less than US$1 per day and more than one-third of the population lacks secure access to food. These challenges, along with decades of conflict, prevent local communities from achieving sustainable economic growth.


Although South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan following a referendum vote in 2011, both countries are still recovering from conflicts and political instability. Recurring outbreaks of violence have hindered healing and development. The country’s declaration of famine in 2017 prompted an emergency response from Episcopal Relief & Development.

To address ongoing issues in Sudan and South Sudan, Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Sudanese Development and Relief Agency (SUDRA), the relief and development arm of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan & Sudan. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) teams trained by Episcopal Relief & Development have led emergency response efforts during crises, helping to meet the needs of people displaced by conflict. In 2018, the program plans to serve at least 20,000 persons in Rubkhona county and other identified areas facing severe famine. Additionally, in 2018 the program is set to provide training for 11 new dioceses in disaster and project management to promote further relief efforts.

In 2018 Episcopal Relief & Development will strengthen the institution of SUDRA by funding 18% of their office’s administrative budget. Our contribution enables them, as the agency carrying out the operation, to better serve their mandate of empowering local dioceses to respond to local needs.

We strive to facilitate healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Through our Asset-Based Community Development approach, we recognize existing gifts and resources in communities to create change from within. Our international partnerships allow us to work with people around the world to deliver life-improving results that can be sustained by the communities themselves.

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Fast Facts

Sudan experienced one of the longest-running civil wars on the continent, from 1983 until a ceasefire in 2005. South Sudan gained independence in a referendum in 2011.

Most of South Sudan's population relies on farming and livestock, and 80% of people live in rural areas.
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