According to the latest study findings on fighting poverty in South Sudan, ordinary households make at least seven ‘deadly’ decisions daily while struggling to provide basic needs in the family.
These decisions are referred to as “deadly” because they all have to be achieved only on a dollar. The ordinary South Sudanese household must make them in a day, the head of the United Nations Development Program, (UNDP) Lise Grande said.
Lise stated that, they must make decisions in order to achieve efforts to partly address the provision of basic services or else their children will die if there is no medicine, shelter and food.
They have to decide if they use it to buy the second meal of the day, or use it to buy school uniforms, or use it to buy anti-malaria drugs.
They also decide if the one dollar can be used for buying paraffin, or for building their tookles-(grass-torched houses), or use it to buy seeds, or farming equipments or they also decide if they can use it for taxes.
Amid this year, the South Sudan National Bureau of Statistics released a report on poverty assessment and management in South Sudan. According to the report, poor South Sudanese families who are the majority spend a dollar in a day to ensure that their family at least gets one meal.
Earlier on Lise called on the government of South Sudan to focus on three major areas to fight poverty; intensify the plan to re-distribute oil revenue to each family household through cash flow system, fight corruption and prioritize development policies.
She urged the government also to foster the implementation of the five economic points that President Salva Kiir Mayardit stated during the inaugural ceremony of the opening of the National assembly in August this year.
The five strategies to ensure equitable distribution and management of the national resources read by kiir were; legislation of a Public, Financial Management and Accountability Act, Procurement Act, an Internal Audit Act, a Petroleum Act for regulating the management of oil resources and an Oil Revenue Management Law for sustainable and transparent management of the oil income.