MSI has supported a range of research and strategy projects in South Sudan for multinational organizations operating in the security and development sector.
Security and Development
Jonglei and Unity, South Sudan
As a newly independent nation, South Sudan was experiencing many a range of stability threats that can derail a fledging government's efforts to develop both the formal and informal institutions necessary to effectively govern and provide for its people. Foreign aid and development organizations, seeking to provide the assistance necessary to enable South Sudan to become a stable and mature democracy, required a detailed stability assessment to identify the greatest threats to the country's overall stability.
A multidisciplinary team of social scientists, analysts and local research personnel was assembled to conduct a detailed economic, political, security, and socio-cultural assessment that would identify stability threats and develop courses of action that could be implemented by the client to mitigate these threats. To ensure their successful implementation, these courses of action would need to be tailored to the client's capabilities and budgets for investment in South Sudan.
The assessment, completed in only seven-weeks time, leveraged both quantitative and qualitative data to identify stability threats segmented by location, factor, and tribe. The recommendations provided detailed courses of action that specified by location, the program parameters, participants, and resources to mitigate the various stability threats. Finally, the client was provided with a detailed framework by which it could assess the effectiveness of these programs at achieving the client's stability objectives.