CAFOD & TROCAIRE IN PARTNERSHIP is supporting a two years’ project Strengthening Implementing Partners Capacity to Incorporate Governance, Peace Building and Advocacy Issues in livelihoods and Humanitarian Programmes.

Goal:  The goal is to increase impact of partners’ program work by identifying barriers to effective implementation and developing capacity building strategies to overcome these challenges.

Objective: To build the capacity of partner organizations so that they are better placed to implement effective activities now and in the future. IDO works closely with the identified implementing partners or with new groups as need arise during project implementation from the three Counties (Juba, Yei and Yirol East) to shape the direction of the project.


  • Scoping study of CAFOD/TROCAIRE partners in Central Equatoria and Lakes State; this study focuses on gaining a better understanding from CAFOD/TROCAIRE as to the partners they are working with and the work they are doing – how partners were initially identified; what issues they face while working with partners. IDO then works closely with each of the partner organizations to better understand the work that they are doing around emergency preparedness and response, and sustainable livelihood activities, and the challenges they face in meeting the required outcomes. Within the first 3 months all key challenges to effective implementation will have been identified with partners in Central Equatoria and Lakes States.
  • Developing of strategic capacity building plan to address challenges identified during scoping study. Within the first 6 months; a capacity strengthening strategy will have been developed and agreed by IDO in collaboration with CAFOD & TROCAIRE in Partnership and all partners and working on Implementing Partners Toolkit on Strengthening Programming in Emergency Response and Preparedness during the first year.
  • Implement programming of capacity building activities for all partner organizations: For the next two years the strategy will be rolled out with ongoing capacity building activities including trainings, exchange visits, discussion forums.
  • Institutional Strengthening of Implementing Partners through trainings and mentorship for emergency sensitive community led programming and local development: IDO will be conducting capacity development training sessions for targeted partners’ staff.
  • Implementing Partners exchange visits to learn and share best practices with each other.


2. UNDP & Government of SWEDEN (2015-2016)

Since 2015 to 2016, IDO is being supported by UNDP through a generous fund provided by the government of SWEDEN to implement a Peace building, Advocacy and governance project; Strengthening Voices, Participation & Engender Local Governance Processes in South Sudan, Central Equatoria’s Juba County.

The main purpose of this project is to strengthen state – communal relations within the three UN Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites, Mangateen and Mahad (Konyonyo) IDP camps in Juba and to increase their democratic engagement, access to and participation of conflict affected communities in the South Sudan’s political, peace and state building processes.

The project includes a series of activities such as;

  • Inter-generational & inter-Communal dialogues;
  •  Monthly issue-based peace forum;
  • Community & government Engagement meetings;
  • Training and supporting peace committees/mobilizers
  • Communication/feedback loops to the IDPs community with regards to ongoing peace efforts and specific items of relevance within the peace agreement.

USAID & Democracy International (May-Sept 2016)

Democracy International supported IDO through a fund provided by USAID which was used in implementing a six-month project  which aimed at building the skills and knowledge of student youth leaders within Juba based Universities on leadership, good governance, Peace building and Advocacy through building and enhancing active participation of student youth leaders in political and democratic processes and increase networking with other key stakeholders to support them to better contribute to the future of South Sudan.

This was done through promotion of a more enabling environment, capacity building on the role of youth in governance with a specific focus on young women and practical advocacy outreach activities to create increased awareness on the positive role that youth can play in nation building.


To contribute to the promotion of democracy, good governance and development in South Sudan


  • To increase knowledge of youth on leadership and good governance, thereby supporting a democratic transition for South Sudan.
  • To connect student youth from within the target universities with key national stakeholders to support them to represent a youth voice on issues that relate to youth participation in democratic processes within South Sudan.


IDO conducted a number of activities;

  • 3 Inception Meetings
  • Two Leadership Trainings
  • Networking meetings
  • Monthly Youth Forums
  • Youth festivals


4. Norwegian People’s Aid & SPARK International (July-Dec 2015)

NPA & SPARK International funded closing the Skills Gap – Youth Skill Development and Volunteerism project which aimed at informing and accelerating efforts to support demand-driven skills training and youth volunteerism in Juba County, Central Equatoria.

The project ran a serial campaign called #ShowYourSkillscampaign. Under our #ShowYourSkillsCampaign in July 2015, we collected over 30 pictures that demonstrated skills possessed by the young South Sudanese men and women through an open call for photos submission which ended on 31 August. We organized a launch which was attended by officials at the ministry of labour and human resource development as well as other youth actors.

The skill pictures were edited into a Skills Handbook which is now being used for advocacy and training references. The #ShowYourSkillsCampaign seeks to generate greater awareness on the relevance of youth skills development comprising of core skills, technical and vocational skills as well as highlight the place of skills acquisition in driving employability and entrepreneurship.

The “#ShowYourSkillsCampaign’’ also aimed at sparking and sustaining a global conversation on skills acquisition, development and engagement in driving global employability and entrepreneurship worldwide. The Campaign was hinged on the fact that skills drive the future of work for both local and global economies, and the need for young people to position themselves accordingly.

5. Health Net (2011-2012)

Health Net TPO funded HIV/AIDS awareness, treatment and psycho-social support program implemented by IDO in Unity State between the period October 2011 and May 2012 through the Multi donors Trust Fund.

The project had two overall objectives;

  • To increase knowledge and awareness at community and county level on linkages between HIV and Maternal Neonatal and Child Health, on HIV/AIDS modes of transmission, prevention, care, support and treatment in order to have good turnout of people attending VCT counseling.
  • To decrease the number of people who have never heard of HIV/AIDS by 10% at the end of the project. (Baseline Value: 86% SHHS, 2006 and Health Net TPO KAP survey results November, 2010 show that 88% of people in Unity State have heard of HIV/AIDS whereas 12% of people living in Unity have never heard of HIV/AIDS).

The project included a series of conducted activities such as:

  • Training of peer educators
  • Awareness and Sensitization to political and religious leaders given the trust and authority they have in their communities.
  • Awareness and sensitization to youth in/out side school
  • HIV/AIDS treatment and psycho-social support


5. Norwegian People’s Aid (2012-2013)

The first land project under the protection program at IDO was funded by NPA through an alliance of civil society working on land rights from 2012 to 2013 covering Unity State (Mayom and Abiemnom counties) for a period of one (1) year. For a period of nine (9) months, IDO was short of funds for the protection project to continue running due to 2013 December crisis.

In October 2014, IDO re-activated the protection program and re-developed partnership with Norwegian people’s Aid (NPA).

The following were the objectives of the project;

  • Aware communities that South Sudan has a Land Act which came to force in 2009.
  • Enhance the communities understanding of the Land Act’s purpose to the South Sudanese communities or citizens.
  • Ensure that the Target groups understand that in South Sudan Land is owned by all the people of South Sudan.
  • Expose communities to the various ways land can be acquired and owned.
  • To Equip communities with knowledge of Rights to Access to Land for the purposes of residence and livelihood as shared resource regulated by the Land Act rules and regulations.

The project included a series of activities and the topics covered during the trainings/workshops on South Sudan Land Act 2009 Disseminations based on the following key messages with help from graphics materials and training manual provided by (NPA/GATDET) during the period 2012 – 2013;

  • Coordination meeting to bring the community based groups and other constituency stakeholders together and discuss the implementations process of the Land awareness project.
  • The South Sudan now has a Land Act of 2009.
  • Reclaim your Land before Feb 16 2012.
  • Land belongs to the people of South Sudan and its usage is regulated by the Government.
  • Men and Women of South Sudan have equal rights to Land.