The full response plan:
Response Plan Overview
PEOPLE IN NEED 8.3M
PEOPLE TARGETED 6.6M
REQUIREMENTS (US$) $1.68B
OPERATIONAL PARTNERS 195
The 2021 South Sudan Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) identified 8.3 million people, including refugees, in need of humanitarian assistance across the country. This is an 800,000-person increase in absolute numbers from the 7.5 million people in need in 2020.
Informed by a rigorous inter-sectoral prioritization process, the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) will target 6.6 million people1 across all 78 counties, including one county – Pibor – classified in the HNO as in catastrophic need, another 72 counties where the humanitarian needs are extreme, and five counties with severe humanitarian needs.
The humanitarian operation will be guided by three overarching strategic objectives listed above. The Centrality of Protection will be at the core of the humanitarian response, including the prevention of and response to gender-based violence (GBV). In support of the humanitarian-development nexus approach, the humanitarian community will be working closely with durable solutions, development and peacebuilding actors to address the drivers of humanitarian needs and adopt conflict-sensitive approaches.
Immediate response priorities include sustaining the ongoing, multisectoral response scale-up in the six most food insecure areas and preparing for the 2021 rainy season, which is forecasted to lead once again to major floods.
A robust response monitoring framework will provide the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) with evidence to ensure a timely, efficient, and fit-for-purpose response to the humanitarian needs. The set-up of humanitarian hubs in key locations across the country in 2021 aims to expand humanitarian access for improved response.
Humanitarian partners need US$1.68 billion to implement a highly focused and prioritized response plan in 2021.
Crisis Context and Impact
The humanitarian situation in South Sudan remains dire.
More than two-thirds of the South Sudanese population and some 300,000 refugees and asylum seekers in South Sudan are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance and protection in 2021, as the country continues to experience the cumulative effects of years of conflict, a surge in sub-national violence, unprecedented flooding and hyperinflation, further compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. The lack of durable peace and limited investment in basic services impedes many people’s ability to move towards sustainable development.