On 1 July 2012, AWEPA embarked on the implementation of a new programme to strengthen the capacity of the 10 local councils in Western and Central Equatoria States as well as the National Legislative Assembly. An additional three counties in Western Equatoria State – namely Ezo, Nagero and Tambura – were added to the programme’s scope.
The South Sudan Programme’s main objective is to improve human security, strengthen the state of law and decrease structural poverty through participatory leadership, good governance, accountability and improved service delivery by effective legislature in South Sudan.
The programme and its activities serve the specific objective of improving the capacity of local councils in Western and Central Equatoria States on the one hand, and the National Legislative Assembly of South Sudan on the other, to respond to the challenges they face in the discharge of their legislative, oversight and representative functions.
The programme includes the Councils of Yambio, Nzara, Ibba, Maridi, Mundri, Mvolo, Mundri East, Mundri West, Ezo, Nagero and Tombura in Western Equatoria State, and Yei, Juba and Lainya in Central Equatoria State.
Example of activities
- Activities implemented in 2016 through the AWEPA programme in South Sudan include the following:
- A training module on Public Finance Management and Development Planning was delivered to the local Councilors of Ezo, Tambura and Nagero;
- A training module on Ethics, Integrity and Human Rights was delivered to the local Councilors of Ezo, Tambura and Nagero;
- A training module on Gender in local Council was delivered to the local Councilors of Nagero;
- A training module on Conflict Sensitivity and Awareness was delivered to the local Councilors of Mundri West, Mundri East and Mvolo
- A training module on Legislation in Local Government Council was delivered to the local Councilors of Juba, Lainya, Yei, Yambio, Nzara, Ibba, Tambura, Ezo, Nagero, Maridi, Mvolo, Mundri West and Mundri East.
The persistent insecurity in Western and Central Equatoria States in 2016 made it difficult to carry out activities. Armed robberies and attacks on civilians by unknown gunmen and the subsequent emergence of members of the armed local youth known as the Arrow Boys made travel by the road to implement activities impossible. In addition, local airlines services from Juba to Western Equatoria State are not reliable and hence affected the implementation of AWEPA programmed activities.
For example, training workshop on legislation in local government councils equipped County Councillors with knowledge on their legislative mandate. After the training, the Councillors are now able to: explain key legal concepts and their applicability to their Councils; appreciate the importance of legislation in local government; explain the different sources of law in South Sudan; appreciate the necessary procedure and stages in enacting by-laws in local government councils; explain the various alternative means of solving problems other than legislation; and understand the importance of enacting by-Law