The third wave of data was collected in late 2016 and is currently being cleaned and analyzed by the HFS Team. The outputs and data will be made available shortly.
The fourth wave of data is currently being collected in urban centers throughout the country. This wave will interview households already interviewed in the first and second waves of data collection, providing a valuable picture of changes in livelihoods across time.
The HFS provided data underlying the rationale for the Business Plan Competition, providing cash grants and training to young South Sudanese entrepreneurs.
South Sudan has a young – and increasingly young – population. Across most welfare indicators, rural households are worse off than their urban counterparts.
Unemployment and hunger remain prevalent. Access to schools, hospitals or markets is low and the sources of sanitation, lighting or cooking remain basic, especially for rural households.
There is an overwhelming pessimism expressed by households when asked about their government’s and local authorities’ ability to bring about change.
There is very little employment outside of agriculture, and in 2015 almost four in five of the South Sudanese were employed in agricultural activities.
Educational outcomes are very low. In 2015, only 40 percent of the population could read and write. However, the situation is improving and the youth have much higher literacy rates the rest of the population.
In 2015 the biggest threat to the average households was insecurity due to the civil war and violence, followed by a lack of economic opportunities.