Pursuant to a request by the Government of South Sudan, on 21-25 May 2012, the AU and World Bank-TDRP conducted their first assessment mission. This assessment mission was conducted simultaneously with a mentoring mission which included experts from DRC, Rwanda and Burundi who shared their experiences including on Management Information Systems (MIS), Information Technology (IT), Monitoring and Evaluation (M and E), Communications in DDR, Psychosocial support in DDR, Vulnerable groups in DDR and the Information Counseling and Referral System (ICRS).
Following the recommendations made during the assessment mission, the AU requested the World Bank-TDRP to provide South Sudan with two consultants to develop the ICRS. On 17 September 2012, the AU Commission hosted a coordination meeting in Addis Ababa of all the stakeholders in the South Sudan DDR process in order to discuss modalities to support the upcoming DDR process in South Sudan which was to demobilize 150,000 members of the security services.
During the meeting, the South Sudan DDR Commission requested the AU to provide guidance on the most appropriate funding modality to be used in the upcoming DDR program. In response, the AUDDRCP created a technical committee comprising the SSDDRC, the AU, UN, the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) and a member of the donor community. The Committee met several times and finalized a report providing the benefits and disadvantages of a range of DDR funding modalities which the AU then presented to the Government of South Sudan.
In 2013, the SSDDRC, with the support of UNMIS, launched a DDR pilot program in Mapel. Although the program was successfully completed, efforts to launch the larger DDR program have been put on hold due to the conflict in South Sudan. However, much of the groundwork in terms of modalities and methodologies have been developed and tested. As such, once conditions permit, the AU is prepared to re-engage with South Sudan to assist them in their DDR efforts.