145 communities in the regions of South Kordofan and South Darfur. Other target groups are local social organizations and policy-makers.
The regional authorities function badly, partly because they are understaffed. They don’t tolerate interference by civilians, but they don’t take any initiatives to deal with matters. There are many vulnerable groups in the communities. For example, repatriated refugees are systematically sidelined.
There is little employment in both regions. The majority of the people are unskilled and earn their livelihood by small-scale farming and trade in the informal sector. Healthcare, clean water and sanitation facilities are usually lacking, as are schools.
The constant violence can form a threat to community development. Furthermore, the authoritarian government leaves little room for new initiatives from the outside.
We develop activities in the area of employment, for example by improving methods of agriculture and by training former refugees. We sink wells for clean water and set up committees for their upkeep. We provide information about disease prevention, assist village communities in setting up schools and encourage parents to become involved in the education of their children. At a national level, we share knowledge with, and give advice to, the Ministry of Education.
In Sudan we work together with such organizations as: the Dutch embassy, the United Nations (UNICEF, WHO, WPF, FAO, UNDP, UNAMID), Darfur International Partners, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Healthcare, the Community Development Fund (CDF), Child Friendly Community Initiatives (CFCI) and the National and State Governments Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC).