Project profile — Protecting Child Soldiers in South Sudan


Dalhousie University International Research and Development (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011508)
2018-03-28 - 2021-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• South Sudan (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (20.00%)
• Security system management and reform:
Security system management and reform (15210) (20.00%)
Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution (15220) (20.00%)
Participation in international peacekeeping operations (15230) (10.00%)
Child soldiers (Prevention and demobilisation) (15261) (30.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to work with security sector actors (e.g. the South Sudanese army, other armed groups, and peacekeepers) and civil society organizations to prevent the use and recruitment of child soldiers in South Sudan. The project works with 1,200 members of the national armed forces and contributing peace keepers to the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan. Project activities include: (1) increasing knowledge on child protection strategies, including the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence; (2) improving skills on reporting grave violations against children; and (3) working with community stakeholders to increase the protection of children through building awareness of underlying factors that contribute to making children vulnerable to being recruited and used as soldiers. The project aims to directly reach at least 1,200 troops and 80 trainers through the delivery of gender-responsive child protection training. The project is being implemented by Dalhousie University along with the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved capacity of security sector actors to prevent the recruitment and use of girls and boys as soldiers; (2) increased effective dialogue about the recruitment and use of girls and boys as soldiers in the overall peacemaking process in South Sudan; and (3) strengthened application of child protection strategies by civil society organizations and communities to protect at-risk girls and boys from recruitment to child soldiery.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2019 include: (1) trained participants from the security sector indicated increased knowledge on how to prevent the recruitment of child soldiers (of which 97% of men reported increased knowledge, and 94% of women reported increased knowledge); (2) 11 meetings were held with key decision-makers across government, civil society, and the UN to increase their prioritization of child soldier recruitment prevention work; (3) Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative basic training was provided to 56 security sector actors; and (4) 19 briefings and meetings were held with national security sector actors to assist with policy development on preventing the recruitment and use of child soldiers.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
22-07-2021 Disbursement $266,029
25-02-2022 Disbursement $108,929
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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