DRC has been present in Sudan since 2004, delivering life-saving programming in protection, emergency response, shelter, food security and livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, camp management, and humanitarian mine action. DRC has implemented projects in Central Darfur, South Darfur, South Kordofan, Gedaref, Kassala, and Khartoum states. Sudan hosts one of the largest displaced populations – Internally displaced persons and refugees – in Africa from South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Central African Republic, Chad, Yemen and Syria. Against a background of political crisis, Sudan faces economic and social turmoil, with sharp increases in food and energy costs, further exacerbated by disease outbreaks and ongoing conflict.
The humanitarian situation in Sudan has long been critical due to a combination of conflict, extreme weather patterns and political and economic crisis, which has resulted in high levels of vulnerability.
Despite several ceasefires, the fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) continues to have devastating consequences on civilians. As the humanitarian situation deteriorates, close to 1.4 million people have been pushed into displacement in search of safety, including over 343,000 people across international borders.
As the number of people displaced by the conflict is expected to continue to grow both internally and across borders, DRC is scaling up its regional response as detailed in its USD 17.2 million, 6-month Regional Response Plan.
Core sectors Sudan
Source: | DRC Foresight
19 Sep 2023
IAWG Joint Statement: As the Sudan crisis deepens, INGOs warn of the cost of inaction, and call for immediate funding, access, and protection for civilians and aid workers
23 May 2023
Thousands of refugees are forced to return to South Sudan as the conflict in Sudan escalates
02 May 2023
Joint statement: Sudan INGO Forum calls on conflict parties to ensure protection of civilians
Why we are there
Protection is the cornerstone of DRC’s work in Sudan. Displaced people and vulnerable groups in Sudan face a number of protection concerns, including high levels of gender-based violence and human rights violations. DRC co-chairs the Protection sector in Sudan.
DRC provides emergency support, such as transitional shelter and resources to empower families and help restore some normalcy, such as seeds, tools or training.
We also work with communities to address the root causes that contribute to displacement, such as climate change and conflict.
While DRC is particularly well-placed to address acute needs resulting from displacement caused by climate shocks and conflict, DRC is also deepening its engagement with durable solutions programming. DRC is co-chair of the Durable Solutions Working Group in Sudan.
What we do
DRC has been delivering protection and emergency response interventions in Sudan since 2004. In 2020, DRC began interventions in South Kordofan state and launched an emergency response in Gedaref at the early onset of the Tigray crisis, for the implementation of projects supporting both Ethiopian refugees and the Sudanese host community.
DRC works extensively in protection, including establishing community-based protection networks, delivering individual protection assistance and psychosocial support, undertaking protection monitoring, and establishing effective referral mechanisms for vulnerable people.
In acute emergencies, DRC distributes shelter and non-food item kits, and supports households to recover from flood damage.
DRC also helps communities to develop their own risk mitigation plans, aiming to reduce the impact of future climate shocks, and to address and resolve root causes of local conflicts.
DRC delivers livelihoods activities that actively respond to the economic inclusion needs of refugees, IDPs and other vulnerable groups, including offering vocational training and business skills support and agricultural and rural livelihoods support.
In refugee camp settings in Eastern Sudan, DRC works to increase the dignity of camps through infrastructure projects like installing solar lighting and improving drainage.
DRC also provides site management support, including ensuring there are effective feedback and complaints mechanisms for beneficiaries to make their voices heard.
Working in collaboration with
The Charitable Foundation
Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development
OCHA Sudan Humanitarian Fund
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Executive Director East Africa & Great Lakes
DRC Danish Refugee Council