South Sudan’s independence in July 2011 created the world’s newest nation, but did not end the cycle of violence that has affected the country ever since. The Addressing Root Causes Program aimed to mitigate the social and market forces driving the cycles of violence and resource scarcity in Jonglei State, South Sudan. The demographic diversity and extreme poverty of Jonglei State create an environment susceptible to conflict over resources.
Baseline Study of Addressing Root Causes Program
March 2017 - August 2017
What Forcier Did:
In 2017, Forcier conducted a joint baseline assessment and market & value chain analysis to establish the current levels of economic resilience, conflict resolution mechanisms, and social cohesion which ARC hopes to improve. With time and persistence, the cycle of conflict and scarcity can be broken. Therefore, the assignment focused on economic resilience, mechanisms for conflict and conflict resolution, and social cohesion in Twik East, Duk and Pibor counties.
The methodology was comprised of a desk review, 504 quantitative surveys conducted with potential project beneficiaries, 9 Key Informant Interviews conducted with community leaders, local authorities and justice and security actors, and 18 Focus Group Discussions conducted with youth and community members, dis-aggregated by gender. The final report established benchmark indicators for the program, and key findings showed an increasing need to improve the communities' abilities to withstand economic or conflict-induced shocks.
Quantitative interviews conducted
Focus Group Discussions with youth and community members
Key Informant Interviews with youth