Sam is a Devex Contributor based in South Sudan. Over the past 12 years she’s reported on conflict, post-conflict, and development stories from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe. Her work has appeared in Devex, the Associated Press, VICE, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and The New Humanitarian, among others. Sam also produces and hosts the Happiness at Work Podcast, interviewing authors, speakers and thought leaders about what it takes to live productive and fulfilling lives.
Humanitarian groups have assisted over 3,500 internally displaced people in South Sudan to return home since April. The moves have sparked debate about what constitutes safe and dignified returns in a country still reeling from five years of fighting.
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The humanitarian response has made strides in collecting and using data. But more digestible reports and streamlined data sets are just two items on a long list of areas to improve, aid workers tell Devex.
Bribery relating to the allocation of grants and jobs in South Sudan's aid sector is rife, according to South Sudanese humanitarians who shared their stories. Devex digs into the alleged culture of corruption in a sector that has long helped fuel the nation's economy.
More than four months since South Sudan's warring parties signed a fragile peace deal, Devex asks some of the country's major humanitarian players when to expect a shift from emergency response to development.