Country Stats

  • Population: 12.44 million
  • Rank in UN's Human Development Index: 191 of 191
  • South Sudanese in need of humanitarian assistance: 9.4 million people
  • Total population facing food insecurity: 5.29 million people (45% of the total population)

Concern's Impact

  • Families receiving food rations during lean period: 19,062 families in Northern Bahr el Ghazal
  • Individuals reached through emergency response: 177,000 people in one year
  • People helped to improve management of climate change effects: 90,000 people

Why are we in South Sudan? South Sudan gained independence in July 2011 and has experienced a long history of conflict, displacement, and deepening humanitarian needs. The Human Development Index (HDI) places South Sudan last out of 191 countries. Conflict and flooding have increased the number of IDPs to 2.2 million people in 2023 across the country. We are responding by providing emergency, resilience, and long-term development programming.

Widespread displacement puts untold pressure on people’s ability to cope

In February 2020, the establishment of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) marked a step forward in South Sudan’s peace process, which has seen a largely successful ceasefire and a reduction in conflict since 2018. However, the impact of years of fighting has destroyed livelihoods, and persistent localized insecurity means an estimated, 9.4 million people (76% of the population) are in need of humanitarian assistance in 2023.

In 2023, an estimated 7.8 million people (63% of the population) are expected to experience severe food insecurity at the peak of the lean season (April-July). Between July 2022 and June 2023, an estimated 1.4 million children under five are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition.

I learned many things from the midwives. I learnt that you should go to check-ups to see how your baby and body are feeling. I also learnt that when you are pregnant you should not do heavy lifting. These are the types of things I have learnt from Concern.

Chagawa*, program participant

Latest achievements

Program impact

In 2022, Concern reached over 430,000 of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in South Sudan through health and nutrition, livelihoods, WASH, food security and shelter programs.

Emergency response

In 2022, in response to the widespread flooding which affected an estimated 835,000 people, Concern provided emergency support through multi-purpose cash support to 22,081 flood affected people in Unity and Northern Barh el Ghazal states.

COVID-19 prevention

Concern integrated COVID-19 preventive practices and messaging in all its interventions and was at the forefront of adapting to COVID-19 in all sectors, in particular, Concern’s approach to nutrition and the roll out of the family MUAC model.

How we're helping South Sudan

We're working hard to respond to the growing needs in South Sudan through emergency programming which includes activities around health, food security, and water sanitation and hygiene.

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