Field challenges faced by RDAA in the implementation of the project of livelihood and Psychosocial support funded by European Union (EU) through OHCHR /UNMISS/UNOPS and implemented in Tombura, Ezo, Andari and Naandi.
Prior to gaining independence as South Sudan in 2011, it was estimated that there were about 4,000 to 5,500 kilometres of main roads, of which only 50 kilometres were tarmacked. There were also about 7,500 kilometres of secondary roads that were also untarmacked and in various conditions of ruin.
Infrastructure in South Sudan has been classified as underdeveloped and has been a serious constraint not only to the growth of the economy but also to humanitarian work. And if South Sudan is to realistically catch up with its neighbours, many improvements are needed in the road infrastructure of the nation.
During 2004-10, which was the interim period defined by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, South Sudan benefitted from strong donor support. Nonetheless, the new country’s road infrastructure remains in such a dismal state that it can now be pinpointed as the single most pressing challenge.
The transport sector accounts for half of the country’s economic needs, the development of infrastructure must now be firmly adopted not only as a priority for economic development in western Equatoria but also as a channel through which humanitarian support can reach those who really need it within the communities in the region.
Suitable roads and bridges are a vital part of building a stable state. Structurally sound infrastructure contributes to improving access to markets, food production and economic growth. It also allows for quick and easy responses to humanitarian needs.
In order to work towards becoming more sustainable, South Sudan requires the aid of partner countries and organizations, like the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations, to collaborate with the local implementers such as RDAA to invest in the development of infrastructure.
If RDAA is financially supported and supplied with the tools needed for the development and advancement of roadways it would surely build an effective roadway system. This would go a long way to provide better living standards for the local residents and the communities of the region.
In fact infrastructure development is aligned to our priority areas as had already been identified by RDAA’s partners. Our infrastructure projects are designed as quick impact responses to provide better living standards for the local residents and the communities of the region. And a tangible proof, amongst others is the construction of Yabongo bridge by RDAA in partnership with UNMISS.
And furthermore because of RDAA’s commitment to supporting regional integration initiatives in Western Equatoria, through infrastructure development RDAA has been invited to a Consultative Dialogue Forum by IGAD in Nairobi Kenya on the 2nd and 3rd November 2020 to participate in regional Infrastructure master plan.