Germany and South Sudan: Bilateral relations

30.10.2023 - Article

Diplomatic relations between Germany and South Sudan were established on 9 July 2011, the day on which South Sudan became an independent state.

The German Government’s support for stabilisation focuses on advancing the implementation of the peace agreement of 2018. It includes improving rule-of-law structures, fostering reconciliation and strengthening civil society, preparing free and fair elections and paving the way for a new constitution. Germany makes a significant contribution to the UN’s South Sudan Reconciliation, Stabilisation and Resilience Trust Fund, and also contributes personnel to the UNMISS peacekeeping mission, in which some dozen German soldiers participate. The European Union (EU) is also a key development cooperation partner and a donor of humanitarian assistance.

Around 76% of the population (9.4 million people) are dependent on humanitarian assistance. This includes a large number of internally displaced persons. The German Government is one of the largest donors providing humanitarian assistance. Humanitarian measures focus on aid for refugees, food aid, and protective and hygiene measures. Various projects operating as part of the stabilisation process promote the participation of women and the prevention of sexual and gender-related violence. Development cooperation focuses on projects that help groups who are particularly in need, above all women and children, internally displaced persons, refugees and host communities, as quickly and effectively as possible. German transitional development assistance has the aim of improving food security and agricultural development. At the same time, structures that support the long-term development of the country are being created, above all in the fields of rural development, water supply and sanitation, and by strengthening local administrative structures.

In the sphere of culture and education, the German Embassy in Juba supports a small but active scene involving literary figures, filmmakers (and the Juba Film Festival), musicians and dance groups. The Goethe-Institut promotes cultural projects in South Sudan from its base in Ethiopia.

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