A Collective Responsibility: Delivering safe, effective and principled humanitarian assistance in South Sudan

For over five years, South Sudan has been locked in a year-on-year worsening humanitarian crisis due to prolonged conflict. Throughout this time, the humanitarian community has been on the ground, determined to reach the growing number of people in need despite a persistently challenging and dangerous operating environment.

This brief outlines the need to reinforce the effective and principled nature of the response in South Sudan. The reality is that escalating needs are outstripping the availability and capacity of humanitarians to respond. Reaching the sheer number of vulnerable people in South Sudan also requires political action and support to ensure rapid and unimpeded humanitarian access, a fully-funded response, enabling donor and Government policies and – most importantly – sustainable peace. Improving the humanitarian situation in South Sudan is thus a collective responsibility.

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