South Sudan was declared an independent state on 9th July 2011 and became a recipient of aid in its own right rather than as a region of Sudan. While Sudan ranks as the 13th largest recipient of official development assistance (ODA) between 2000 and 2009 – 60.6% of which has been humanitarian aid – we know surprisingly little about how much of that benefited South Sudan.
The GHA programme will be monitoring how aid donors and those who collect data on aid to South Sudan, plan to fill in historic gaps in the data and how they will gather make data available going forward. In a revised edition of our factsheet on aid to Sudan, now in the reports section on the website, we have attempted to gather what data there is on aid to South Sudan. In the next few weeks we will be researching and writing about how donors and aid data aggregators plan to deal with the new administrative opportunities and challenges of providing and tracking aid to the UN’s 193rd member state.