NRC: Protection Cluster Support 2016

Project completed

Prolonged conflict has led to high levels of insecurity and displacement in South Sudan. This does not only require humanitarians to scale up and coordinate their interventions, but to also be creative and knowledgeable enough to respond to the needs of and provide protection to the affected populations. This is the third phase of a project that aims to improve contextual understanding among humanitarian actors and decision-makers in South Sudan in order to enable a more strategic and effective response, through independent protection and conflict analysis.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
South Sudan
Human rights
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
01.08.2016 - 31.07.2017
CHF  238’000

Fighting continued between government and opposition forces in most parts of the country despite the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity in April 2016. This situation further escalated on 9 July 2016 with heavy fighting erupting in the capital Juba, ushering in new waves of violence and displacement. Similar incidents occurred in Wau, Kajo-Keji, Torit and Leer. This continued deterioration of the security situation has exacerbated the already dire humanitarian and protection environment in the country. An estimated 4.8 million were already in dire need of assistance, with over 2 million displaced, before the recent fighting.


Improve the quality of humanitarian responses and the protection of vulnerable groups by ensuring that interventions are underpinned by strong contextual analysis.

Target groups

(I)NGOs, UNMISS, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), donor community, and IDPs

Medium-term outcomes
  • Strengthen the flow of accurate and timely information to support effective decision making at all levels.
  • Increase collective understanding of political and contextual changes by identifying patterns and trends that impact upon the protection and humanitarian environment.
  • Increase public awareness of humanitarian and protection issues, including by supporting advocacy efforts

Expected results:  

  • Public advocacy efforts strengthened
  • Thematic roundtables discussions and trainings conducted
  • More regular, timely analysis of key conflict-related issues and trends produced and shared with all stakeholders

Results from previous phases:  

The Protection Cluster established a protection monitoring system, provided regular context analysis and appropriate protection interventions.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • Norwegian Refugee Council

Other partners


Coordination with other projects and actors

The Protection Cluster coordinates with the six Protection Sub-Clusters, (I)NGOs, UN Agencies, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), and the donor community

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    238’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    206’082 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF   470’000 Budget inclusive project partner CHF   708’000
Project phases Phase 5 01.12.2018 - 30.04.2020   (Completed) Phase 4 01.08.2017 - 30.09.2018   (Completed)

Phase 3 01.08.2016 - 31.07.2017   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.03.2014 - 31.05.2015   (Completed)