Vehicle Replacement in Emergencies – Finding a solution for challenges in South Sudan and building a future model for vehicle deployment

The humanitarian operation in South Sudan is one of the largest in the world, with multiple crises affecting vulnerable communities in all ten states. In December 2013 an internal conflict escalated leading to an increased number of refugees and as a consequence increased pressure on humanitarian organisations to respond to the crisis.

DSC01121Effective humanitarian response and programme delivery are heavily dependent on the availability of transport. Staff must be able to access beneficiaries at the point of need, which may often be in remote and difficult terrain. South Sudan is an extremely challenging vehicle operating environment with only 300 kilometers of paved roads, a low staff skills base as well as poor vehicle maintenance and repair infrastructure. These challenges are compounded by a very complex security environment, in which there is high risk of loss of vehicle assets to looting by the numerous armed factions involved in the conflict.
To address these challenges, 23 delegates from aid and development organisations operating in South Sudan participated in a USAID/OFDA funded workshop that was held from 24th to 26th March 2014.

DSC01112During the workshop the participants identified common challenges and started to work on joint solutions. The solutions that the delegates thought were most feasible on the short term were: bulk procurement by donors to replace the destroyed vehicles, increase maintenance and repair capacity in remote South Sudan and develop training to increase staff capacity to manage and operate the fleet in the most effective and efficient way. One of the actions that came out of the workshop was to develop an in-depth survey to get more insight in the procurement and maintenance issues that organisations, operating in South Sudan, face. To ensure that the solutions will be further developed and implemented a 2nd workshop will be organized to take place in Juba mid-May 2014

The minutes to this meeting are also available on our Publications page.