South Sudan is a fragile state with many issues affecting youth including insecurity and conflicts; limited access to basic education, technical vocational training; high rate of unemployment and underemployment; limited access to health services and life skills mainly in reproductive health, HIV/AIDS; alcohol and substance abuse; gender inequality; harmful traditional practices; fragmentation of youth structures and limited participation of youth in decision making processes; limited engagement of youth in culture, arts and sports; limited participation of youth in voluntary service/community development; and limited capacity of Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports at all levels. One Stop Youth Centre for Peace and Development helped to promote peaceful coexistence among youth, build occupational skills, and increase employment by providing tailor-made programmes for youth in Juba and Wau. Activities at the youth centers included job and entrepreneurship training, sports and recreation, peacebuilding workshops, and reproductive health training.
“I am a school dropout (Senior three). With this Computer training, I am going to the market to join computer centres so that I can earn some money for myself and family.”
Donors and partners
The success of One Stop Youth Centres depends on a strong partnership with local authorities, civil society organizations, local and international non-governmental organizations, etc. UN-Habitat implements the ‘One Stop Youth Centre for Peace and Development in South Sudan’ through building strong partnerships with government authorities (both national and state governments) as well as communities. UN-Habitat mobilises local partners who in turn mobilize youth to participate in the various activities at the centres. UN-Habitat encourages the youth to run the centres for the benefits of fellow youth. By empowering the youth to run the centres, a sense of belonging and responsibility is developed among the youth.