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2019 South Sudan: Evaluation of Community Based Reintegration Programme for children released from armed forces and groups

Executive summary


Children in South Sudan suffered more than five decades of destructive conflict prior to gaining independence in 2011. Whilst some protection risks are almost universal, the conflict has also affected both boys and girls in different ways. The recruitment and use of adolescent boys and girls by all parties to the conflict in South Sudan is well documented, including sexual violence against girls. In 2015, following the release 1,755 children from armed groups in the former Greater Pibor Administrative area, UNICEF began implementation of a three-year community-based reintegration strategy to promote sustainable reintegration of formally and informally released children within their communities.


This is an in-depth independent evaluation on the three-year multi-sector community-based reintegration Programme in Boma State where UNICEF provided holistic services to released children and their families in order to facilitate their safe and effective reintegration, and prevent (re) recruitment.

The evaluation reviews and assesses the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the program. Human Rights – including children’s rights – and gender equality will be included in these criteria. The evaluation covers the programme period from 2015 to 2018. It covers all programme components to provide specific recommendations for new strategic directions and scaling-up plans for the programme in the new country programme. The main users of the evaluation include UNICEF South Sudan, UNICEF ESARO and HQ and the National DDR Commission.

A mixed-method approach is applied for conducting the evaluation including the use of primary and secondary data, as well as qualitative and quantitative data through different methods, including literature review, interviews with key informants (minimum 9 interviews), site visits to schools/communities/training centres (minimum 10 sites), focus group discussions (minimum 9 FGDs), interview of key staff (minimum 7 staff), interview with partner staff (minimum 4 staff), case studies (minimum 5 case studies) and review of statistical data. Within the selection of participants in the FGDs and KII, special attention is paid to a strong representation of girls and women.

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Report information

Year: 2019

Country: South Sudan

Region: ESAR

Type: Evaluation

Theme: Children associated with armed groups and armed forces; Child protection

Language: English

Sequence #:  South Sudan/63/2019/8892

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