Aiming at strengthening resilience of conflict-affected communities, IOM has employed various community-led Cash-based Interventions (CBIs) in Abyei (construction of resilient shelters), Bentiu (fuel-efficient stoves) and Wau Protection of Civilians (PoC) site (shelter upgrade). Through active engagement and effective partnership with traditional authorities, traders, and women and youth groups, the CBI programme transferred expertise and knowledge to communities to equip them with life skills and improve the living conditions of the affected population. The communities played a central role throughout the project by informing beneficiaries and the wider communities about the CBI programme, responding to feedback/complaints, and organizing skills trainings. Thereby, the programme contributed to restoring the dignity of the communities, improving the local economy, and strengthening the self-sufficiency of the affected population.
December 2017 to March 2018, Wau PoCAA
Following the success of the pilot cash-based shelter upgrade project in Zone C of the Wau PoCAA site in early 2017, IOM expanded the project to Zone A and B from December 2017 to March 2018 by upgrading a total of 804 communal shelters as part of a large-scale rehabilitation of the site. Upon successful completion and verification of shelter upgrade, beneficiaries were given a cash-for-work grant worth 640 South Sudanese Pounds (SSP) (about USD 5) to be spent to cover their basic needs, supplementing household income and increasing a sense of ownership. IOM also organized 3-day skills trainings for 480 individuals and provided the participants with a grant of SSP 1,150 (USD 9) after completing the training. The trainees also raised extra income afterwards by selling walls and doors they made to local traders, which led to further job opportunities. The CBI in Wau was the first concerted effort by IOM South Sudan to upgrade shelters through a community-driven, participatory approach in a PoC site. The project provided cost-effective means of meeting shelter needs while simultaneously supporting the local economy, promoting ownership and building resilience, engaging local traders and effectively utilizing local materials.