Violent clashes between the Government of Sudan and armed groups have caused large scale internal displacement since 2003. Approximately 1.1 million of the IDPs are still found in South and Central Darfur where the Darfur Program is intervening. During 2017, the level of armed confrontations in Darfur has continued to decrease but the situation remains highly volatile; increased criminality, the spread of firearms, inter-tribal fighting, the absence of law enforcement and unleashed militia are still major challenges. While a lack of basic services, infrastructure in addition to insecurity continue to prevent the return of IDPs to their areas of origin, the absence of socio- economic opportunities to rebuild their lives means that even after years of displacement, two thirds of displaced people struggle to fully sustain their food needs by themselves. In addition, the South Sudanese refugees and newly displaced people’s needs for shelter, food and other basic services highlights further the need for continued humanitarian interventions.
Since 2004, ACT Alliance and Caritas Internationalis network agencies have come together, with respectively the Norwegian Church Aid( NCA) and CAFOD acting as lead agencies, to provide a response to this major protracted and forgotten crisis. The Darfur Program reaffirms its commitment to support the people and communities of Darfur and South Sudanese refugees and in line with the Sudan Multi-Year Humanitarian Plan, acknowledges the need for a change in approach and the move towards recovery and longer-term planning. Hence, the program, adopts for the first time a three year appeal aiming at enhancing resilience of people an communities through a long- term commitment, key to a sustainable, meaningful and measurable impact.
The Darfur Programme, with and through its local partners, is planning to reach around 450,000 persons in urgent need of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene( WASH), Primary Healthcare and Nutrition, Emergency Shelter, Livelihoods and Education in South and Central Darfur.