The Cost of Living and the Price of Peace: Economic Crisis and Reform in South Sudan
As South Sudan draws near five years of independence, its people face a crashing economy that is compounding the already devastating effects of ongoing fighting and displacement. Most working South Sudanese are now poorer than they were nearly a decade ago, with many no longer able to afford enough food, water or other basic essentials.
The 30-month transitional period offers South Sudan’s new Transitional Government of National Unity an opportunity to change this direction. In this briefing, Oxfam looks at the economic challenges facing the country and how real and lasting peace cannot be delivered without serious economic reform supported by South Sudanese civil society and the international community.