The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been operational in Sudan since 2004, focusing primarily on the conflict in Darfur. The conflict is labeled by the United Nations as a 'protection crisis', due to the level and type of violence perpetrated against civilians.
More than 6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Sudan due to a series of inter-related issues, including multi-dimensional conflicts (such as struggles over essential and dwindling livelihoods and natural resources), criminality, insecurity, environmental conditions, weak social services and large scale displacement. More than 3.7 million people have been displaced from their homes, including nearly 670,000 who have fled to neighboring countries (Chad, South Sudan and Ethiopia) and nearly 3.1 million IDPs, primarily within Darfur.
In the first months of 2015, alone, 70,000 people were newly displaced in Darfur. An escalation is evident in 2014 and 2015, with more than 2.55 Milion people being displaced in Darfur.
About the programme
The Programme is now based in Central Darfur, more specifically in the Zalingei Corridor and operates in the area of Jebel Marra, where tensions have displaced more than 45,000 people over the last year. The aim of the programme is to promote durable solutions for the conflict affected population through community driven interventions, livelihood programming and infrastructure support. DRC also provides life-saving assistance when required and possible.
The programme focuses predominantly on the conflict-affected populations living outside of camps in the rural areas, and to a lesser extent the displaced populations living inside of the camps. The main activities implemented include:
- Agricultural/horticultural support
- Rehabilitation and reconstruction of schools
- Community development projects
- Various social projects including literacy & skills training
- Support to extremely vulnerable individuals (EVIs)
- Emergency response including distribution of food and none food items (NFIs)
The programme is implemented through three field offices while a Country Office in Khartoum supports the operations. The activities are all carried out with a community based approach where community driven recovery and development are key components.
Six international staff and about 80 national staff members are currently employed in the operations.
Partners and Donors:
Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) - Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)
World Food Programme (WFP)