SSCCSE Development Partners
The Commission works with a variety of development partners that provide technical assistance and capacity-building, including United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), the United Nations Childrenâ€™s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), The World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Programmme (WFP), and the African Development Bank.
The Commission has also received outstanding assistance from a number of Foreign Government Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations including Statistics Norway, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) , US Census Bureau, French Cooperation, The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBoS), Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA), Save the Children Fund (UK), Save the Children Fund (USA), CARE, OXFAM, Norwegian People Aid, Concern Worldwide, and many others.
We are eternally indebted to all of them.
US CENSUS BUREAU International Programs Center (IPC)
USAID has contributed funding to the statistical activities in the South for several years, mainly through the US Department of Agriculture which provided rehabilitation and equipment to the Centreâ€™s premises in Rumbek.U.S. Census Bureau has provided comprehensive technical assistance to the Centre, through numerous expertsâ€™ visits, each of them dedicated to a specific technical task of the Census preparations. In addition, a resident coordinator will soon be provided to the Centre. The technical assistance of US Census Bureau experts for the census and procurement of a small amount of equipment, mainly computers, is funded by USAID.
Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA)
In February VEGA entered into an agreement with the SSCCSE to provide two long-term business consultants with backgrounds in financial and organizational management. The consultants are assigned to the Centre until April, and will be providing technical assistance on a variety of capacity building issues, including the developing SSCCSE’s organizational structure, enhancing communication, and implementing transparent accounting procedures and a financial system. The assignment is part of VEGA’s Agriculture Marketing and Enterprise Development program, which is funded by USAID.
The French Co-operation has provided a resident advisor (statistician, census expert) to the Centre, with his main scope of work including census and the institutional capacity building issues.
In June will start a new support project at the SSCCSE, whose goals for the 3 coming years are the following:
- Institutional capacity building through financial support to the establishment of the 10 states statistical offices in the South, including salaries of core staff and running costs for 2 years;
- Methodological and organizational support to the census mapping works in the South, through the continuation and extension of the already existing CEDEJ-SSCCSE joint project;
- Participation in funding of the Census Observers Committee activities.
CEDEJ is a French research center that has already contributed to establishment of the GIS system used by the Central Bureau of Statistics in Khartoum. CEDEJ offered to implement GIS capacities in the SSCCSE and to contribute to design of a specific and adequate methodology for census mapping. The first phase of the CEDEJ-SSCCSE joint project is funded by the European Union, as the second phase will be funded by the French Co-operation. The Technical Assistance associated to this project comprises one resident coordinator and several missions of cartography and geography experts.
Statistics Norway was invited by the SSCCSE to start up a twinning arrangement on long term capacity building.The high priority in the short term will be to produce a statistical master plan (including a training plan and an IT plan) and to establish a website for SSCCSE. It is also agreed that the two organizations should cooperate to develop some capacity in economic statistics.
Activities directly linked to the initial phase of the Population Census will be the agreed support to build institutional capacity in scanning technology and to support the work on listing of enumeration areas, the latter coordinated with other stakeholders. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed their commitment to provide funding for initial and planning work.