July 2012|Nicholas Travis and Ben French|Country Learning Notes,


  • In 2011 the Government of South Sudan updated the country’s official Aid Strategy. This new strategy responded to several key aid coordination challenges encountered since the publication of South Sudan’s first Aid Strategy in 2006.
  • The timing of the 2011 Aid Strategy coincided with growing international consensus on how to improve the effectiveness of aid to fragile states. This consensus culminated in supranational groups such as the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding and the g7+ group of fragile states advocating for the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States.
  • The principles of South Sudan’s 2011 Aid Strategy aligned well with those of the New Deal. Although it was not the direct impetus for the development of the 2011 Aid Strategy, the New Deal helped to reinforce and legitimise many of the proposed changes that the strategy outlined.



The Country Learning Notes series is intended as a tool for policy makers and practitioners to learn from the experiences of other countries. Each note focuses on a specific country and a particular policy area, documenting the challenges faced and decisions taken to overcome them.

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