South Sudan flag
South Sudan Map

South Sudan

GIZ local staff

National employees: 57
International employees: 2

(as at: 31.12.2021)  


The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working in the area that is today South Sudan since the 1970s, on a periodic basis.

GIZ’s coordination office has been located in the capital, Juba, since 2010. Seconded staff were evacuated in 2016 as a result of the crisis. Projects are managed from Germany, and regular business to South Sudan also take place.

South Sudan is almost twice as large as Germany and is currently estimated to have a population of around 11 million. More than half the population is under the age of 18. After decades of civil war, the country became independent from Sudan in 2011, making it the world’s youngest state.

South Sudan is a fragile state. It has suffered violent conflict since 2013 that has cost around 400,000 lives and remains unresolved. Some 2.2. million people have fled to neighbouring countries, while around 1.5 million have been forced out of their homes and are now internally displaced.

The conclusion of a peace deal in 2015 and the formation of a new unity government in 2020 are important milestones along the way to restoring peace and developing the country. Strong population growth and a lack of infrastructure and institutional structures are major challenges for the country. Around 50 per cent of the population live below the poverty line and are acutely at risk of hunger or malnutrition. Almost half of the population have no access to water supply or sanitation and there is a lack of basic state services.

In South Sudan, GIZ works on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in the following three priority areas:

  • Food and nutrition security and rural development
  • Urban water supply and sanitation
  • Rural development and good governance.

In the field of food and nutrition security, GIZ and its partners are working to combat undernourishment and malnutrition among children and women and raising awareness for health issues. To drive forward agricultural development, GIZ is providing training for smallholder families to support them in resuming agricultural production. Good harvests will in turn stabilise food and nutrition security.

The German Government is supporting local water utilities in four towns and cities in ensuring public drinking water supplies and sanitation, while making these services affordable and accessible even for low-income groups. GIZ is involved in developing water companies and is training staff to operate the plants. To improve hygienic conditions in schools, sanitary facilities are being extended and schoolchildren made aware of the importance of hygiene.

To develop rural regions in the long term, GIZ is advising and supporting selected rural districts, allowing them to deliver services in a more direct and needs-based manner. The capacities of the rural authorities are being developed, while the population (especially women) are being encouraged to get involved in planning and shaping their immediate environments.

The German Federal Foreign Office is also supporting the implementation of the 2015 peace deal through GIZ.

Projects and Programmes

Completed Projects and Programmes