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The signing of the Revitalized Agreement to Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) in September 2018 was celebrated as a breakthrough for reversing the brutal civil conflict that has cost an estimated 400,000 lives and displaced more than 4 million people since its onset in December 2013. The signing of the R-ARCSS opened a new chapter and opportunity for peacebuilding, including reforming the justice system to solidify and speed up the peace process as a part of the implementation of provisions of the R-ARCSS. The signing has also decreased active warfare across the country and increased public confidence in sustaining peace at the community level.
To support the implementation of Chapter V of the R-ARCSS, community dialogue and improved access to formal and informal justice and rule of law systems can prove to be decisive avenues to sustain peace in the community. Also, strengthening trust building mechanisms while ensuring the protection of victims of violence and conflict are critical to achieve conflict transformation and reconciliation.
The objective of the Low Value Grants mechanism is to strengthen civil society organisations and their capacity to support and coordinate with victims and survivors’ groups, at a state level. Specifically, the CSOs ability to provide victims with accurate knowledge and information on victim’s rights and access to Transitional Justice channels will be enhanced. This will contribute to a coordinated, holistic and victim-centered approach to support victims of conflict-related violence to demand and obtain justice; recover from mental trauma; reconcile with perpetrators and other communities. CSOs should have an operational presence in Bentiu, Unity State and Bor, Jonglei State, and preferably an office in Juba.