This report is based on qualitative fieldwork conducted in Uror and
Nyirol Counties, Jonglei State, South Sudan and a household survey
conducted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and SLRC in
2012. Together these studies comprise a baseline analysis of
livelihoods, access to social services and people’s perceptions of
participation and governance.
The report finds:
- In general, the provision of social services does not appear to
particularly influence people’s perceptions of the state and state
legitimacy. These perceptions are largely formed by other factors.
- Security was the primary demand directed at the government by
respondents. Security was described as the key condition for improved
livelihoods and service delivery.
- The degree of insecurity, and the perceived lack of fairness in the
means of providing for security, are the two main factors affecting
people’s perceptions of the state in the two counties.
- There is a need for improved delivery of basic services and social
protection in the visited areas, though the prevalent insecurity meant
that these issues, and their impact on perceptions of governance, were
not at the centre of most respondents’ attention.
- There is a particular need to better understand livelihoods, service
delivery, and state perceptions in the context of Pibor County
Maxwell, D.; Santschi, M.; Gordon, R.; Dau, P.; Moro, L. Livelihoods, access to services and perceptions of governance: An analysis of Uror and Nyirol counties, South Sudan. Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London, UK (2014) 54 pp.