Enhancing security coordination and local contextual understanding to increase humanitarian access

Project completed

This project aims at enhancing security coordination and local contextual understanding to increase humanitarian access to insecure locations both inside and outside of Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites. Through enhanced understanding of the context, operational threats can be better mitigated by NGOs, facilitating scale-up of programme and service delivery to the affected population in South Sudan’s Upper Nile and Unity States.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
South Sudan
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Agriculture & food security
Protection, access & security
Agricultural financial services
Agricultural water resources
01.12.2018 - 30.11.2020
CHF  1’000’000
Background The humanitarian environment and operating conditions for both national and international NGOs continue to reflect the complex political milieu and deteriorating socio-economic conditions across the country. With the continuation of severe food insecurity, protection violations, the fragmentation of armed groups along political and ethnic lines and the proliferation of arms, the maintenance of aid corridors and neutral humanitarian spaces, in which NGOs can operate, is increasingly precarious and liable to shrinkage. The ongoing context assessment and analysis that the NGO Safety Advisors provide, serves an essential function in informing NGO decision-making – protecting NGO staff through effective risk mitigation measures.
Objectives Enhanced security coordination, contextual understanding and humanitarian access of the insecure locations both inside and outside PoC sites to improve NGO’s access and scale up of programme and service delivery.
Target groups National and international NGOs working in Bentiu, Malakal and Maban
Medium-term outcomes
  • Improved inter-agency security coordination and contextual analysis through NGO Safety Advisors for Upper Nile and Unity States.
  • Improved NGO and DRC internal prepared-ness and safety management practices.

Expected results:  

  • Safety and Security coordination networks maintained in Malakal, Bentiu and Maban.
  • Analysis & advisory and information provided to the humanitarian, diplomatic and donor community.
  • NGOs and DRCs internal safety capacity strengthened.

Results from previous phases:   The Safety Adviser Programme has improved humanitarian access to affected populations in Unity and Upper Nile States. It has provided NGOs with a responsibility of Duty of Care for their staff, and the NGO community has specifically requested for the continuation of the programme.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • Other international or foreign NGO North

Other partners
Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), Needs Analysis Working Group (NAWG), Pooled Fund Advisory Board.
Coordination with other projects and actors NGO-Forum Security, INSO, UNMISS, UNDSS, UNPOL, UNHCR (Maban), OCHA, national and international NGOs based in Bentiu, Malakal and Maban, Protection Cluster.
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    977’313 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF   1’320’000 Budget inclusive project partner CHF   2’320’000
Project phases

Phase 3 01.12.2018 - 30.11.2020   (Completed)