- SECURITY, RECONSTRUCTION AND PEACE
GIZ has been engaged in Sudan since 2014, continuing the work of its predecessor organisations, which operated in Sudan from 1955. At present, four international staff members and 10 national employees are working for GIZ in Sudan.
Sudan is one of the poorest countries in Africa, with a shrinking gross domestic product (GDP), a high level of national debt and rising inflation. Internal and cross-border conflicts are causing the fragmentation of society and political instability. The government lacks the resources to provide adequate basic services such as education, health care, a safe water supply and sanitation.
A significant rural-urban exodus has been observed for some time, with substantial numbers of young men in particular migrating to the cities, mainly Khartoum. Currently, an estimated one third of the Sudanese population lives in the capital. In the west of the country, large numbers of people have lost their livelihoods as a result of the conflict in Darfur and more than 3.1 million people have been displaced. In the east, drought, food shortages and water scarcity make life challenging for local communities. These problems also affect refugees and migrants from neighbouring countries such as Eritrea. Due to social exclusion and a weak economy, they have few opportunities to achieve livelihood security in this region. GIZ’s work in Sudan aims to improve their life chances. GIZ implements its programmes in direct cooperation with the target groups, focusing on food security and vocational training for young people in order to offer them better prospects for the future.