Sudan Infrastructure Services Project | South Sudan
South Sudan, a landlocked country in eastern Africa, gained its independence on July 9, 2011, following decades of civil and political unrest. Located close to the equator, the country is covered in tropical forest, swamps and grassland. The White Nile flows through the country, passing by Juba, the new nation’s capital.
The Sudan Infrastructure Services Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), was initiated in 2007 to provide critical public infrastructure and capacity building activities in support of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the economic development of South Sudan. USAID engaged Louis Berger, as its implementing partner, to work in collaboration with the Government of South Sudan to address a full range of physical and institutional needs.
Louis Berger provided developmental assistance, capacity building, institutional strengthening and sustainable infrastructure development in the transport, urban water and sanitation, and energy and natural resources sectors. Project accomplishments include:
- Design and construction management of the 192-kilometer Juba-Nimule Road, including eight new bridges built to modern standards – the largest infrastructure project ever built in South Sudan and the young nation’s first paved highway.
- Local economic development and capacity building – using local and regional subcontractors to construct roads and bridges, maximizing involvement of local companies, and creating employment and training opportunities for local communities.
- Upgrading water and sanitation systems through the construction of communal and household latrines and community-based water treatment systems, water truck chlorination and hygiene education.
- Implementing electrification projects in market towns and building local capacity to sustain them.
- Working with the South Sudan Ministry of Roads and Bridges to establish the South Sudan Roads Authority, the agency charged to maintain and support the country’s expanding road network.
- Constructing USAID offices and staff compounds in Juba and Darfur.