South Sudan

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The parliament passed a bill inMay 2015) regulating the activities of NGOs. Some of the most contentious provisions include (as mentioned here):
– NGOs to be forced to employ 80 percent local staff – this in a country with more than 70 percent adult illiteracy.
– NGOs  to register and sign individual ‘country agreements’ with the government.
– Only South Sudanese banks to be used despite suspicions of graft in the financial sector.
– The coverage under the bill of not only humanitarian groups, but also civil society organisations that work in advocacy and human rights. Many fear this clause could be used to stifle dissenting voices.
– The banning of the formation of forums for international NGOs.