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HDC strives to facilitate people-centered development programs and support livelihoods and create opportunities for marginalized and disadvantaged peoples. Our programs are directed at enhancing resilience among refugees, returnees, vulnerable host communities, and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan.

Food Security and Livelihoods

Food security is one of the greatest challenges facing South Sudan as the fragile peace situation exacerbates the loss of productive assets. HDC empowers and builds community resilienct livelihoods by enhancing food security through sustainable approaches to improving agricultural and livestock farming. We endeavor to build capacity of community-based groups, women and the youth through transfer of technological skills to bolster wealth creation and prosperity.
Additional interventions include providing productive agricultural assets and strengthening community safety nets. This includes cash transfers, food for assets, food for assets, distribution of seeds and tools to help establish agricultural and other income-generating activities (IGAs). Community/Village Savings and loans Associations (VLSA) programs have grown from these activities as source of income Generation Activities (IGAs) developed by women and youth groups to promote small business start-up and purchase of essential consumable commodities. HDC participates in liaison with external and internal markets to enable the community to access markets for their local products.

Peace Building and Governance

Insecurity and the continuation of conflict in South Sudan remains a major challenge in the efforts towards rebuilding the fledgling nation. Sporadic incidences of cross-border, inter-communal and power wrangle conflict as well as the potential risk of armed groups changing face to take on a inter- communal character increases clashes in the various states. These fragile violent conditions cause persistent movement and displacement of people to areas of perceived safety which disrupt their livelihood and social harmony.
In HDC we participate in peace building and civic education through traditional conflict resolution mechanisms; formation and training of Peace Committees to promote a rights-based approach to peace, development and governance.

Education and Capacity Building

South Sudan has an adult literacy level of less than 25%. At the primary school level, 84% of the teachers have primary school as their highest level of education while 16% have some exposure to secondary education or a higher degree. HDC recognizes the gap in education quality and access as a major challenge due to both humanitarian crises and development challenges. To develop equitable and quality education opportunities amongst refugees, returnees, and vulnerable host communities, HDC provide limited sponsorship to students from marginalized communities and supports government efforts in girl child education, rural children school enrolment and construction of school facilities.
HDC supports teacher training, technical skills development among women and youth to enhance sustainable education systems, employment and job creation among vulnerable groups.