News & views | 16 December 2016 | by Anton Quist

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PAX kicks off Human Security Survey in Jonglei

-BOR- From 2-5 November 2016 the Human Security Survey in South Sudan started by training the first twelve local enumerators in Bor, South Sudan. Directly following the training, these enumerators travelled back to the field to conduct the Human Security Survey across three counties in Jonglei state, successfully collecting more than 800 civilian perspectives on the local security situation in their respective areas.

Months of preparations included building the survey questionnaire, writing a training curriculum and extending local networks to choose viable research locations and mobilize potential participants. We met considerable delay as a result from renewed violence in July and resulting instability, but after careful monitoring we were finally able to travel to South Sudan, conduct the four-day training and deploy the first batch of trained enumerators into the field without putting them at additional risk.

The twelve enumerators were given a general introduction to the Human Security Survey methodology and associated questionnaire, but also received training in general interview skills, random sampling methods, how to respond to ethical and logistical field challenges and the use of mobile phones for data collection. 

The Human Security Survey is one of the signature projects of PAX in South Sudan, and is intended to collect detailed perceptions from the civilian population across the country regarding their local security situation. PAX and its partners will conduct the survey on an annual basis to track changes and trends in the security environment over time.

These findings not only provide us with valuable information on the security situation in outlying areas that otherwise remain un(der)reported, but we also wish to bring these insights back to the communities as our starting point for a series of dialogues between communities and the local authorities (government, police, army and other relevant security actors) to discuss security issues, with the intention to jointly work towards practical and visible improvements.

Lastly, the survey results will be shared with relevant international institutions and multilateral organizations (UN, EU, AU, etc.) aiming to strengthen discussions and efforts by the international community that contribute to improving the overall security situation in South Sudan.

The recent violence underscores the need to develop a more thorough understanding of how these conflict dynamics play out for civilian communities in various parts of South Sudan.

Currently the collected data from Jonglei is being analysed, while early next year a couple of other survey trainings and subsequent data collection are foreseen in other states across South Sudan.



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