South Sudan

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The Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFIs) Cluster was launched in South Sudan in 2011 and acts as a coordinating mechanism of partner organizations working to provide life-saving household items and shelter materials to conflict- and disaster-affected people in South Sudan. Since the current conflict began in December 2013, Cluster partners have been working tirelessly to conduct flexible, timely and needs-based interventions for some of the most vulnerable and remote populations across the country. The Cluster continues to overcome severe logistic, security, access and resource constraints to reach those most affected by the violence and the lack of functioning markets in states like Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile.

IOM leads the Cluster at the national level with the support of Norwegian Refugee Council as Co-Lead. IOM also manages the common pipeline which provides a reliable, cost-effective and steady stream of quality materials to partners for distribution to populations in need. In addition to providing stock for immediate distribution, the pipeline pre-positions materials in strategic locations across the country to further facilitate rapid deployment of life saving items. Finally, IOM manages a mobile response team to act as provider of last resort for the Cluster and support with partner capacity-building as the need arises.

Cluster Achievements

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November 2020
Beneficiaries carrying their non-food items crossing the flooded areas in Ulang County ©IOM 2020


  • In 2020, the cluster identified about 2 million of South Sudanese are in needs of the Emergency Shelter and Non-Food Items (ES-NFIs) assistance. Of this, the Cluster targeted about 1 million of populations will receive ES-NFI assistance, through in-kind distribution, cash/voucher Assistance (CVA) and integrated settlement programming, this includes the new displaced population, protracted displacements, returnees, host communities and those who are affected by the natural hazards. The Cluster has requested about USD 36 million of funds to be able to reach this population.

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Coordination Team

  • Cornelius Weira
  • Vacant
    National Co-Lead
    Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Made Anombawa
    Information Management Officer