Humanitarian work, more specifically, work of NGOs in South Sudan has been the pinnacle of debates in the recent past. Some extreme commentaries have appeared on social media and to add more pepper into it, recently, the GOSS signed the NGOs bill into law. Though this raised widespread criticism from Western and other bodies whose interests lie in South Sudan, this has not ended as hoped.
Aid Industry, for a long time, has been embroiled in such criticisms. Example of this, check “Lords of Poverty” by Graham Hancock, a book written in 1989. South Sudan experienced this during Operation Lifeline Sudan time. Previously also, an article “How Aid Agencies Cheat Donors in the Name of South Sudan” by Holy Crook, PanLuelWel, 2013 outlined this, next, the South Sudan NGOs bill.
Junubian decided to intersect, magnify and look at findings that will make Junub a better place and in this regards, how NGOs can improve South Sudan. It’s arguably true that the aid donations are far much doing more harms than goods in our country. In essence
- Aids are causing over-dependency since no one wants to work hard in the country-This is laziness and it’s a problem!
- If large percent of national income goes to foreigners’ accounts-It is mincing our economy
- Professionals (foreign) should only be allowed if they come with/bring RARE skills or join as green shoe operators (foreign-local business partnerships).
- Addiction -More food, more drugs, more aids + etc. This is total addiction!
We won’t go into those sentimental arguments but rather navigate into a common phenomenon:upgrading local workforce. What is a workforce
The needs for a competitive and qualified workforce is important in meeting the needs of people, government and private sector development agenda, as well as other stakeholders’ perspective. In global value chain, it’s imperative to note that human capital is controllable and in South Sudan, misuse of this is a problem that will affect us even in the foreseeable future.
Local workforce, youths take the largest pie while vast majority of subcontracted workers or industrial workers who in wages earn lowest are women.
To upgrade our local workforce, the following ways should be followed:
- Trainings and referrals – South Sudan’s technical job industry is an area that needs investments both in capital and labour. By building vocational and polytechnics, this will upgrade the locals’ skills and knowledge base. Our youth need to be engaged and learn how to fish by themselves. The government should put in avenues for established workforce to take in our locals for internships and allow referrals too!
- Offering tax incentives – our currency (South Sudanese Pound) has been depreciating alarmingly and if this is done, our working class will be robust in terms of financial resilience (reduce financial fragility) and workplace stress.
- Environment and infrastructure-For us to realize development, a conducive and reliable infrastructure should be in place. It’s heaven when a certain employee leaves home, go to work and work with less stress and comes back in the evening with an assurance of security, love and less to worry about 24/7/365.
- Grants, aids and other donations for job creation -There is no problem in us being given these funds but the problem is where they go to. SMEs should be given priority and support so as to encourage entrepreneurship in local sectors.
- Change of attitudes -Dependence both on free things is killing our ability to work and provide for ourselves and families. Junubiin greatly relies on remittances from abroad, donations among others. This culture of that I can’t do this kind of job or why should I work my X will send me money is eroding us and should be change. If you know how to change this, share it in the comment section below.
In conclusion, the above are not the only ones but there are many other ways to upgrade local workforce in South Sudan. If you know some, share them and you’ll be helping and changing the lives of many South Sudanese.