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Strengthening Institutional Structures in South Sudan

2006-2012 || U.S. Agency for International Development

Abstract

This project supported the establishment of effective, transparent and accountable institutional structures in the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in January 2005. In 2011 the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) became an independent nation and Deloitte continues to provide technical assistance to help RSS in its efforts to build the institutional and human capacity of the executive leadership function, strategic communications, the legal framework, public financial management, the financial services sector and the petroleum sector.

The Challenge

Prior to independence and during the early stages of nationhood, Deloitte supported USAID’s efforts to provide the Government of South Sudan with tools it needs as a sovereign nation to govern and cope with the raised expectations of its people. Citizens can judge their government on the basis of its performance. Another round of disappointment fueled by the absence of the long-awaited ‘peace dividends’ – the lack of services, or tangible signs of social and economic development, will likely undermine the legitimacy of South Sudan’s nascent government and put at risk the tenuous power-sharing arrangements between southern tribes and power-brokers. The stakes are high and time is short. As such, the project is supporting the government of South Sudan to focus on 5 priorities:

  1. Build capacity for leadership
  2. Build capacity to effectively manage public resources
  3. Build capacity to effectively manage key economic institutions
  4. Build capacity to manage natural resources
  5. Build capacity to establish a legal framework that promotes good governance, economic development and the rule of law

By successfully producing these priority results, the project is supporting the government of RSS in its efforts to build a sense of nationhood, achieving legitimacy and setting the governmental foundation for long-term economic and social development.

How We Helped

Executive Leadership: Deloitte provides assistance to the Office of the President (OoP) to build the executive capacity to formulate and execute two-way communication strategies, elevating the effectiveness of public-private dialogue. Through assistance to Ministers, Deloitte is helping OoP in building its capacity to formulate and implement a strategic development plan that delivers tangible near-term results within the context of a sound, long-term vision for the development of South Sudan.

Public Resource Management: Deloitte is working with a few ministries to build capacity in effectively managing public resources, specifically through targeted assistance around budget execution, procurement, tax administration, reporting, tax policy, customs, debt management, intergovernmental financial framework, and human resource information management.

Economic Institutions: Deloitte supported the Bank of Southern Sudan (BoSS) in transitioning from a branch bank of the Central Bank of Sudan (CBoS) to the national bank of the RSS. The team has helped RSS in its efforts to establish strong bank supervision and licensing regimes, strengthened central bank operations, and implemented new accounting, payment and IT systems. A sound financial sector is crucial to economic growth, a market economy and private sector growth and jobs.

Economic and Private Sector Legal Framework: Deloitte worked with the GoSS, now the RSS, to establish a legislative agenda that advances the legal framework of a well-functioning government. Deloitte also helped RSS put in place a mechanism that tracks draft laws as they move through the legislative process. Through this approach, capacity is being built so that legislators, decision makers and implementers can possess a sound understanding of the policies and ramifications of the laws that are being enacted.

Transitional Areas of Blue Nile (BNS) and Southern Kordofan States (SKS): In BNS and SKS, Deloitte worked with several ministries on completing and implementing the strategic plans that have been developed by the localities with broad-based citizen participation and the championship of state level authorities. Deloitte used its experience in organizational analysis, training, organizational design, and human resources to deliver strong policies and recommendations.

Solution

Deloitte advisors have contributed technical assistance and policy guidance to impact the human and institutional capacity of the RSS. The result of this has been an increase in the quality and quantity of service delivery, leading to tangible social and economic improvements to the lives of the citizenry and the integration of these diverse communities into Sudan as a political unit.

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