Marko Madut, TOCH Executive Director

A South Sudanese child rights activist has expressed worry about the little resources allotted to address crucial issues impacting the country’s youngest and most vulnerable inhabitants.

South Sudan is mired in a cycle of conflict and food insecurity, with mounting humanitarian needs.

Marko Madut Garang, the Executive Director of The Organization of Children’s Harmony (TOCH), noted in the Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) Report, which was released on June 20, that donor partners no longer prioritize the needs of the population, with significant budget cuts in 2022.

The Global Humanitarian Assessment (GHA) report, which has been released yearly since 2010, offers an industry-leading and data-driven assessment of the global financing landscape for humanitarian response while in-depth highlighting key issues and emerging trends for those working to improve financing responses to crises, particularly food insecurity.

Insufficient Funding Undermines Child Welfare Efforts

The current state of insufficient funding in South Sudan poses a significant obstacle to the successful implementation of child welfare initiatives. Despite concerted efforts by local organizations and international partners, the limited financial resources available severely hamper critical programs aimed at protecting children’s rights, providing healthcare, education, and ensuring their overall well-being. Without a substantial increase in donor funding, the ability to address the multifaceted challenges faced by South Sudan’s children remains greatly compromised.

Investing in Children: A Pathway to Sustainable Development

Recognizing children as the cornerstone of South Sudan’s future, investing in their well-being becomes paramount for sustainable development. Adequate donor funding plays a pivotal role in enabling the implementation of comprehensive child-focused programs that address education, healthcare, nutrition, protection, and psychosocial support. By prioritizing children’s rights and ensuring they receive the necessary resources, South Sudan can break the cycle of poverty and conflict, paving the way for a brighter and more prosperous future for the nation.

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