In South Sudan, Switzerland is represented through a Cooperation Office in Juba, Central Equatoria, under the jurisdiction of the Embassy of Switzerland in Addis Abeba (Ethiopia). It is in charge of Humanitarian Aid, Development Cooperation, and programmes sponsored by the Human Security Division of the Political Directorate. The SDC Office in Aweil, Northern Bahr El Ghazal, implements a water, sanitation and hygiene programme that will reach completion in March, 2017.
Increasing presence since 2005
Switzerland looks back at many years of successful partnership with Sudan’s former region of Southern Sudan and, since 9 July 2011, with the Republic of South Sudan. The Swiss engagement started with aid operations in the region in 1994. After the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005, Switzerland increased its presence and established an SDC Programme Office in Juba in 2006.
Swiss House in Juba
The establishment of the Programme Office in 2006 was followed by an extensive rehabilitation of the compound between 2008 and 2010. This set the basis for Switzerland’s future engagement in the country, and gradually led to the expansion of the Programme Office into a Cooperation Office in 2011, also known as the Swiss House. Currently, 5 Swiss expatriates and 19 national employees are working at the Swiss House in Juba.
SDC Office in Aweil
The SDC Office in Aweil was established in 2011 in order to directly implement a project of the Humanitarian Aid of SDC to enhance access to safe water and thereby improve the difficult health and livelihood conditions in Northern Bahr El Ghazal. The Project Office in Aweil employs 15 national staff and 4 Swiss expatriates
The two teams of the Cooperation Office in Juba and the Project Office in Aweil are working with a holistic Whole-of-Government approach, based on Switzerland’s Cooperation Strategy for South Sudan 2013 – 2016, focusing on food security and livelihoods, basic social services, as well as human security and protection.