Volume 2, Number 1


Building leadership capacity for post-war recovery: the case of South Sudan
Heleta, S.

Countries ravaged by wars face enormous challenges on the road to recovery and stability. In most cases, they lack funds and capacity for reconstruction, development and delivery of basic services. While external support and assistance are often necessary to kick-start post-war recovery, the long-term reconstruction, development and stability will depend on the local capacity to govern and plan, design and implement projects and programmes. Stability, security, peace, poverty eradication, development and functionality and effectiveness of institutions in post-war countries require skills and leadership capacity on all levels of government and other public institutions for delivery of basic services, strategic planning, good governance and economic development. This can only be achieved through extensive and long-term capacity building, training and education of government officials and youth in countries that are recovering from war. While workshops and seminars can help address the short-term challenges and needs, there is no substitute to real, comprehensive education.

Keywords: Capacity building, post-war recovery, external support, stability, security, peace, poverty eradication, service delivery, good governance, economic development