COVID-19 Response and Recovery Through Productive Social Safety Net and Infection Prevention and Control Project:

Funded by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) implemented in Eastern Equatoria, which has been affected by the pandemic and has the highest number of positive cases and mortality due to COVID-19 in the country, classified as Phase 3 (Crisis) level on food security and hosts the bulk of micro enterprises. The project targeted 2,000 youth households and will create short and long-term employment opportunities. 

VOSDO was contracted from October 2021 to May 2022 to implement the Covid-19 response and recovery through productive social safety net and infection prevention and control project in Eastern Equatoria.

The project has been implemented successfully as a result it has made quickly impacts the lives of the beneficiaries as well as the communities in the project areas. For instance, the rehabilitation of Adis-Ababa Keneti Bridge has connected more than 5000 households with an approximated population of 30,000 individuals. The bridge is a shortcut connecting the residential area (Adis-Ababa) and the neighboring villages to the town institutions and business centers such as market, health centers, schools and government offices. Now, vegetables, fruits and forest products such as firewood and charcoal are transported along the bridge. Furthermore, market shelters, feeder roads and wells have been equally impacting. Iluhum, Lerwa and Magwi Centre market shelters are helping women who used to sell their produce under trees, to engage in market activities without inconveniences caused by the scorching sun and rain. Feeder roads are now facilitating easy movement between villages, and Wells are being used by women for irrigation in their vegetable farming.

Through social safety net project 60 community projects have been successfully completed, 30 in Torit and 30 in Magwi. Community cash disbursement for the 2000HHs was successfully completed. Total of $270,000 was paid out in equivalent of SSP 115,800,000. The total amount of cash injected in the community help to some extend to revive the economic, as the purchase of key commodities increased, family were able to provide basic need to their households, pay school fees, and being able to cater for medication and other necessities.

The project faced several challenges during implementation like the limited funding for conducting standard projects as per the communities’ expectations, low technical skill among communities to support the project, government policy regarding the opening and hand over of the project where they put their own interest regarding the project.

As a way forward community urge UNDP to continue its support through such projects and introducing livelihood support projects for economic empowerment, increase income, improves life standard of most needy community members.