ACTED operated in Darfur between 2004 and 2014 and reopened its mission in Sudan in 2020. Our teams are present in Gedaref–Um Rakuba, Tunaydbah and Babikri Ethiopian refugee settlements -and Blue Nile– Damazine, Rusayris, Geissan, Kurmuk, Wad al Mahi and Bau localities. ACTED mainly takes action through shelter and non food Items, food security & livelihood and implements WASH activities.
Following protests that started at the end of 2018/early 2019, the three-decade rule of Omar al-Bashir came to an end in April 2019. A transitional government was put in place with the signature of the Juba Peace Agreement in October 2020 – perceived as creating momentum towards stability in the country and renewed international engagement in Sudan – and with democratic elections scheduled to take place at the end of 2022 for the first time in nearly 30 years. However, in October 2021 the military have taken again full control of the government. In retaliation, civilians have organized pro-democracy demonstrations against the military junta. Months after the coup, these widespread protests still continue.
In the context of the protracted humanitarian crisis of Sudan, ACTED strives to support the Ethiopian refugee population settled in Gedaref and Blue Nile states, as well as the vulnerable residents, IDPs and Returnees in Blue Nile, to meet their basic food, shelter, non-food items and WASH needs, while also contributing to the socio-economic stabilization of the former conflict-affected areas in Blue Nile to ensure populations realize peace dividends, build their capacity, and increase their resilience in the face of future shocks and stresses.
As part of the Food For Asset (FFA) programme in Ulu, Blue Nile, funded by WFP, ACTED has engaged the communities in communal vegetable block gardening, construction of communal water harvesting infrastructure and skills development trainings.
According to the measured work outputs, ACTED distributes food to the targeted households. The humanitarian gaps in Ulu area crosscut all sectors, starting the high food needs, in addition to limited livelihoods and resilience which have been eroded by negative coping strategies. Therefore, the Food For Assets (FFA) modality conceived under this Programme offers a way to meet the short-term hunger gaps while supporting households to develop resilience against future shocks and stresses through the engagement of the beneficiaries in the provision of communal assets. These project initiatives are fully in line with the REVIVE pillar of THRIVE (Towards Holistic Resilience in Vulnerable Environments) which is an ACTED programme. The objective of REVIVE (Regenerative Earthworks and Vegetation for Vibrant Ecosystems) is to restore the environment while enhancing livelihoods, agriculture and livestock of the intervention areas.