MSI Supports New Nation of South Sudan

The Republic of South Sudan became a new nation independent of neighboring Sudan on July 9, following a January referendum in which 99 percent of voters opted for an independent state.For several months, MSI supported the referendum process as part of a three-year effort to assist USAID’s Sudan office in outsourcing staff, sharing and organizing field knowledge, monitoring and evaluating projects, hosting dignitaries and improving its communications efforts.”We shall never allow ourselves to be driven back to war,” said the Republic of South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit during his speech at the Independence Day celebration. The celebration included the signing of the constitution, singing a new national anthem and raising a new national flag.

MSI’s communications officer supported USAID in country and in partnership with the State Department’s public affairs officer. The MSI communications officer participated in the preparation for and implementation of all U.S. government events around the independence, from extensive preparation of materials to media relations activities.

MSI’s SUPPORT (Services Under Program and Project Offices for Results Tracking) project enabled the hiring of 10 staff members who work closely with USAID technical experts and three new staffers to transition to full-time USAID employees. SUPPORT built a facility for USAID and hosted 300 meetings in the first half of 2010 to reach out to the agency’s business and government partners. The outreach continues in 2011.

Earlier this year, USAID Deputy Administrator Don Steinberg visited Juba, Sudan, where staff from SUPPORT assisted him by working with USAID’s Program Office. MSI staff organized events and wrote briefing materials. The communications specialist who accompanied Steinberg and facilitated all high-profile events was hired by MSI.

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah also visited the capital city of Juba May 6-7, joining development ministers from the Troika. MSI staff organized and provided logistical and communications support for high-profile events and prepared extensive briefing materials.

Southern Sudan officials in the Ministry of Regional Cooperation said they learned the protocol to host such events through their partnership and participation on events managed by the MSI project.

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