Programme areas and target groups

  • North, East and South Darfur, targeting conflict- and climate change affected IPDs and host communities
  • Gedaref State, targeting small-holder farmers and farmer associations
  • WASH
  • Peacebuilding

What we do in Sudan

Sudan was hit by the El Niño phenomenon, which led to a severe drought. That had a devastating effect on the harvests, particularly in the Darfur region. ZOA, assisted by a number of local partners, responded through a drought-relief project, funded by ECHO. Project activities included the distribution of seeds to farmers for the next harvest as well as fodder for livestock. The fodder gave the animals (mainly goats and sheep) enough nutrition to enable them to give milk. That milk was vital for the small children. In addition, unconditional cash was distributed to the most vulnerable households to enable them to buy food, and a number of water points were also restored. This project truly contributed to saving many lives.

Meanwhile, work on resilience and adaptation to climate change continued by preparing communities for the future. Our peacebuilding work of bringing together different communities and tribes and finding common ground for cooperation led to reduced conflict and more peaceful cohabitation in South Darfur. Work on education by building new classrooms, latrine facilities and training teachers resulted in more children being able to attend classes.

In the East, ZOA is leading a large consortium of five international organisations on Integrated Water Resource Management which addresses the availability of water for people, agriculture and animals for the longer term. This programme led to improved harvests.

The operational context in Sudan is challenging, with great geographical distances and a complex working environment. We look forward to continuing to serve the people of Sudan in 2017 in food security, economic development, water availability and social cohesion.