Germany and South Sudan: Bilateral relations

23.03.2021 - Article

Diplomatic relations were established on 9 July 2011, the day upon which South Sudan became an independent state. Germany is currently one of the largest donors in the sphere of humanitarian assistance and development cooperation, along with the USA, the EU and the UK. With regard to stabilisation, the German Government supports the goal of sustainable peace in South Sudan, and to this end pursues a comprehensive approach based on its Africa Policy Guidelines of 2019 and its Guidelines of 2017, “Preventing Crises, Resolving Conflicts, Building Peace”.

The German Government’s support for stabilisation focuses on advancing the implementation of the peace agreement, improving rule-of-law structures, fostering reconciliation and strengthening civil society. The German contribution to the UN’s South Sudan Reconciliation, Stabilisation and Resilience Trust Fund (13 million euro since 2018) is an integral part of these efforts. Furthermore, members of the German armed forces are participating in UNMISS, the United Nations peace mission in South Sudan.

South Sudan has a population of over 12 million people. More than 8 million of these people are reliant on humanitarian assistance. This figure includes some 1.6 million internally displaced persons and an additional 2.2 million refugees in neighbouring countries. The German Government is thus committed to providing humanitarian assistance and has since 2017 made available more than 235 million euro to this end.

In the field of development cooperation, too, efforts focus on helping particularly vulnerable groups, above all women and children, internally displaced persons, refugees and host communities, as quickly and effectively as possible. These measures simultaneously seek to establish structures for the long-term development of the country, especially in the areas of food and agriculture, as well as with regard to water supply, sanitation and hygiene.

In the sphere of culture and education, a small but active scene involving literary figures, filmmakers, musicians and dance groups, is supported by the German Embassy in Juba, as is the annual Juba Film Festival.

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