The Partnership works to strengthen the ability to withstand a wide range of shocks and build resilience.
“Resilience in the South Sudan context is defined as the ability to withstand a wide range of shocks including, but not limited to, political upheavals, national and local level conflict, displacement, food insecurity, disease outbreaks, drought, other natural disasters and adverse events, all of which can increase vulnerability”.
This broad definition of resilience lends itself to a wide range of activities at the local level, centering on four pillars.
- Re-establishing access to basic services;
- Restoring productive capacities;
- Rebuild trust in people and institutions;
- Nurture and broaden effective partnerships.
The Partnership recognizes the important role of emergency assistance while also providing the foundations required to reduce humanitarian needs over time. This approach represents a shift in policy amongst Partners that draws on the New Way of Working, an international commitment agreed to at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit. The Partnership is advancing the New Way of Working in South Sudan by:
- working closely with local-level stakeholders;
- basing its interventions on quality, context specific, data and analysis;
- collaborating closely with other organizations;
- adopting conflict-sensitive approaches to programming; and through,
- joint monitoring and evaluation.
To enable the achievement of reduced vulnerability, help build resilience and support the new ways of working, the Partnership currently operates across four distinct yet interlinked work streams; other workstreams may be added in due course as the Partnership progresses. Each is designed to facilitate forward-looking solutions to defined challenges. Partners choose to engage on work streams based on their own added value, unique resources and expertise. This approach allows for flexible programming, the deployment of comparative advantages and adaptation to the unique contexts in which partners work.
Not all partners will wish or be able to engage with all the work streams or focus their efforts in the areas initially selected as locations for the Area Based Programming activities. Similarly, not all will use joint funding mechanisms or formal joint programming. The Partnership includes those who are willing to adapt their programmes, projects and interventions to align with the approach advocated by the Partnership, wherever they are working; to use common monitoring tools and frameworks to the extent possible; and to contribute to and apply the collective learning on what works.
This approach allows for flexibility, reflecting the different contexts that partners are working in. The steering committee will also explore how the approach can be adapted to a range of programme types and funding streams as necessary.
The Partnership also adds value by promoting:
- Collective action and approaches that reflect community aspirations;
- Area-based recovery and resilience initiatives to reduce vulnerabilities and build self-reliance towards development;
- The application of common monitoring and evaluation tools for responsive programme adaptation. It includes programmes, projects and interventions aligned to the Partnership approach that contribute to and apply collective learning.