The European Union Delegation to South Sudan, with its partners and state officials in Greater Bahr el Ghazal have held a three - day Quarterly Review Meeting and discussed coordination, lesson learning, synergy building, capacity building, sharing of experiences and best practices.
EU's implementing partners in attendance include World Concern, Hope Agency for Relief and Development (HARD), Norwegian People's Aid (NPA), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), World Food Programme(WFP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), mainly operating in the former Western and Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Warrap and Lakes states.
Thanks to EU funding, these organisations increase food security, boost smallholders’ agricultural production, rural development and maintain the rural feeder road network.
Speaking at the event on Tuesday, EU Delegation's Deputy Head of Cooperation, Elisabetta Bellocchi said the Quarterly Review Meeting covers food security, education, peace building, health and governance, using an integrated area based approach to promote synergies and interconnectivity among actors. “Over the years, the EU has provided more than US$ 250 million towards rural development and resilience building in South Sudan. A significant investment was made on improving food security and nutrition for rural households with the aim to increase household income,” she said.
Gogrial State Governor Victor Atem Atem weighed in, saying the EU has indeed been a reliable development partner. “This is not the first time we receive this great support from EU. The EU has been supporting many agricultural and rural development programmes in greater Warrap state and other parts of South Sudan, aiming at ensuring food security and poverty alleviation across the country,” said Atem.
The construction of Kuajok-Lunyaker Bridge (US$6.2 M) in Gogrial State over the Jur River, the completion of 310 kilometres of rural roads and the ongoing Education in Emergencies project in the former states of Warrap, Northern and Western Bahr el Ghazal and Lakes, are some of the key programmes funded by the European Union in the region.