Trilateral Cooperation with South Africa in Southern Sudan


Since Germany's presidency of the EU and Germany's G8 presidency in 2007, Germany has expanded its cooperation with African countries, focusing mainly on the support of African efforts to promote peace and security.

In 2008 the German Federal Foreign Office supported South African initiatives to strengthen peace and security in Africa with over 2,2 Mio. Euro (approx. ZAR 28 Mio.).

Aid delivery in Darfur Enlarge image (© picture-alliance/dpa) One of these initiatives is the project „Trilateral Cooperation with South Africa in Southern Sudan“, a project of the German Federal Foreign Office in Cooperation with South African institutions and the Gouvernment of Southern Sudan.

In July 2005 the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan came into force. Since then the 10 provinces of the autonomous Southern Sudan are independent from the Islamic Republic of Northern Sudan and are administrated by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM). In a referendum in January 2011 the people of Southern Sudan voted for their independance.

In this context efforts to strenghten peace and security in the region are necessary and important, especially in Southern Sudan.

22 judges and 37 correctional service officials from Southern Sudan have undergone training within the Trilateral Cooperation Project. The participants received two weeks of theoretical training at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Subsequently, they have been in practice trained by the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DJCD).

After the training in South Africa the participants were advised for two weeks in their daily work by South African mentors in Southern Sudan.

Trilateral Cooperation with South Africa in Southern Sudan