Building Peace Through Sustainable Access to and Management of Natural Resources in West Nile and Central Equatoria (PAMANA)
Following a Human Development Peace Nexus approach, the project aims to significantly reduce conflict over and pressure on natural resources in West Nile and Central Equatoria. It seeks to meet the immediate needs of the most vulnerable groups amongst the host, refugee and internally displaced people communities (with a special focus on women) and to secure sustainable livelihoods to promote peace, stability and gender equality.
1. Natural resources are managed to be more conducive to community cohesion and to actively protect the environment.
2. Individuals of vulnerable groups amongst the host, refugee and IDP communities (with a special focus on women) have sustainable livelihoods and are more resilient to environmental shocks and stresses (climate change effects).
3. Individuals and communities in the target region are better equipped to meet current and future challenges in non-violent and productive ways to promote peace and stability in the region.
Target group / Beneficiaries
The target group encompasses local government structures, religious and traditional institutions, civil society organisations and private sector actors. In total, the project targets 5,000 direct beneficiaries and 27,000 indirect beneficiaries.
The intervention will be implemented by Caritas Switzerland (CACH) and its local partners Agency for Accelerated Regional Development (AFARD) in Uganda, Community Development Center (CDC) and Organic Farming Advisory Organisation (OFAO), both South Sudan.
The target region includes Koboko and Yumbe district in West Nile in Uganda and the counties of Lainya and Yei in Central Equatoria State in South Sudan.
Main activities consist of trainings, sessions and workshops for capacity building of local structures. Furthermore, farming inputs will be distributed, and cash grants delivered to address humanitarian needs. Activities contributing to peacebuilding include a radio programme, community listening groups and community engagement. Secure digital cards and mobile speakers will be distributed and an interactive SMS-based information system fostered
Conflict and instability in South Sudan led to increasing internal and cross-border human migration in the last decades. There are increasing conflicts over and pressure on natural resources in both South Sudan and Uganda. Livelihoods and food security of host and refugee communities, internally displaced people and returnee communities in South Sudan’s Central Equatoria State and Uganda’s West Nile sub-region mostly depend on natural resources, as most households are small-scale producers. Over-use of forests, savannahs, grasslands, soil and water resources have been exacerbating inequalities and risks for certain population groups and individuals while tensions increase within and amongst communities.