Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program
TDRP Supporting the Pilot Reintegration Program for
Ex-combatants in South Sudan
October 2013

290 ex-combatants graduated from the Mapel Transition Facility in Western Bahr el Ghazal on September 18, 2013 as part of South Sudan’s Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) program which lasts a year. The ex-combatants received three months of vocational training and rehabilitation at the transition facility. They received training in carpentry, masonry, plumbing, construction, electrical, auto mechanics, animal husbandry, agriculture, literacy and numeracy as well as life skills to help them return to their communities and transition to civilian life. South Sudan’s President, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit, personally led a government delegation comprising of key ministers and senior military officers at the graduation ceremony.

The World Bank’s Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program (TDRP) is collaborating with South Sudan’s National DDR Commission on a Pilot Reintegration Project. The pilot project is part of the DDR program’s reintegration phase which lasts for nine months. The pilot project is a key component of the new national DDR program and is designed to improve ex-combatants’ livelihoods while facilitating their socio-economic reintegration through follow-up trainings and distribution of start-up toolkits.

The pilot project provided the ex-combatants in the Mapel facility with classes on entrepreneurship and life skills during the last week of training as a culmination of the vocational training they received. Training modules included financial literacy, small business development, and the formation of private and joint ventures as well as cooperative formation. The classes balanced theory and practice, promoted learning by doing, simulated interaction and therefore, retained full attendance by ex-combatant trainees. The project piloted the training of ex-combatants by local trainers (10 South Sudanese trainers) who previously attended a 10-day training-of-trainers (ToT) module in August 2013.

The pilot project also includes follow-up trainings, which will run from September to November, and the distribution of start-up toolkits to assist the ex-combatants engage in sustainable livelihoods in the area of vocational training they received. Currently, the trainers are conducting follow-up trainings with the aim of further supporting the ex-combatants’ socioeconomic reintegration in their communities of return in the Lakes, Warrap, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Western Bahr el Ghazal states. The pilot’s follow-up trainings offer both ex-combatants and community members the opportunity to learn more about setting up cooperatives, creating partnerships and managing them, and acquiring business skills.

The pilot project will support South Sudan’s National DDR Council in further developing effective and sustainable modalities that can be applied to scale-up the country’s new DDR program which seeks to demobilize and reintegrate more than 100 thousand members of organized forces in the coming years. The pilot project will also develop lessons-learned that can be applied to future DDR programs and instill a system of DDR Reintegration Management that can live beyond the pilot phase.

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