Interim Country Policy Paper 2016 - 2018
Born out of decades of civil war, South Sudan is largely ungoverned territory, marred by unsettled scores from the past, weak or non-existing institutions, deficient security and protection, lack of social and physical infrastructure and displacement of its people. The country is now on the brink of economic collapse. Moreover, with a complex pattern of internal conflicts, including the risk of spill-over to neighbouring countries, and almost 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), more than 1.5 million refugees, and about 4.9 million people classified as severely food insecure, South Sudan is posing a significant threat to the stability of the already conflict-ridden Greater Horn of Africa.
Denmark was a staunch supporter of the South Sudanese people’s decade long quest for self-determination and has now initiated a third broad-based and flexible country programme to support the new country (2016-2018). The objectives of the Danish engagement reflect priorities for Denmark’s development cooperation and aims at advancing security, assisting refugees and displaced people, fighting poverty, building resilience and addressing the causes of migration. The Danish engagement comprises of a wide range of foreign policy instruments that reflect the Danish broad-based approach to fragile states: active diplomacy, humanitarian assistance, development cooperation, support to peace and stabilization. Implementation will primarily take place through the EU, UN, regional and sub-regional entities and civil society organisations.