South Sudan is developing a New Deal Compact that will serve as an umbrella agreement between the Government of South Sudan and development partners. The New Deal describes such a compact as a mechanism to implement country owned vision and planning. It is envisaged that donors will primarily focus on TRUST benchmarks whilst the Government and partners work jointly on the PSG benchmarks. To encourage ownership of the New Deal Compact in South Sudan the Government has initiated a wide consultation process. Initially three benchmark workshops and a number of surveys were conducted involving more than 100 participants from 19 donor organizations, 12 Government and Academic Institutions and 40 national and international Non Government and Civil Society Organizations. In these participants identified possible areas in which benchmarks may be required and expressed their preferences through voting and prioritizing. A second series of consultations are now being held in ten states of South Sudan to discuss what needs to change in the way that Government works and in the way that donors deliver aid. Director for Aid Coordination in the National Ministry of Finance, Commerce, Investment and Economic Planning, Mr. Moses Mabior Dau said that the Government is carrying out workshops in the states to collect necessary information to know what the new deal compact should look like. He explained to participants that, in the spirit of the New Deal, the government of South Sudan should be in the driver’s seat to implement projects and programs aided by development partners. The consultations in the states have brought together members of the State Government, civil society, parliament, national and international organizations, the g7+ and international partners. The g7+ Secretariat has been represented at some of the state consultation workshops by Senior Policy Researcher Dr. Nelson Martins. Usually based in Dili, Timor-Leste, Dr. Martins has been honored to both observe and support this process. South Sudan’s Compact is anticipated to be completed by November and will then be signed by the Government and development partners.

 

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