Human Security Survey (HSS) South Sudan

The Human Security Survey (HSS) is a survey methodology developed by PAX that includes a series of complementary activities, including population-based research, community engagement, and advocacy. PAX and its partners conduct large-scale quantitative research, including about the nature of security threats facing civilians, perceptions of their vulnerability to violence, the impacts of these experiences and perceptions on their daily lives, and their expectations for the future. We then bring the research findings back to local communities to create or leverage opportunities for people to engage in constructive dialogue with key authorities from local government, security forces, religious and social institutions, local armed groups, and civil society about civilian security priorities. PAX currently implements the HSS in South Sudan and Iraq.

The theory underlying the HSS is that by expanding the voice and agency of civilians on the protection issues that affect them every day, security policies and how they are implemented will be more reflective of and responsive to local needs, priorities, and capacities. At the international level, the HSS also provides a means of influencing the policymaking efforts of diplomats and troop contributors active in these environments by providing valuable first-hand information about the realities facing conflict-affected populations.

By continuing this cycle over multiple years, PAX and its partners can track trends and work to effect more sustainable change. The survey itself is therefore best seen as a means to an end, with the ultimate aim to facilitate more effective protection of civilians in the contexts in which we work.

Human Security Survey in South Sudan
PAX works in close collaboration with two local partners in South Sudan: the Assistance Mission for Africa (AMA) and an emerging collaboration with The Catholic Diocese of Torit-Justice and Peace Commission (CDoT-JPC).

Here are some details about the HSS in South Sudan (as of January 2020):


Photo: Discussions between local security actors, community leaders and members during a PAX/SSANSA/AMA Community Security Dialogue in Eastern Lakes, South Sudan, May 2019. [Photo: PAX]

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