Written: 2014 | Published: October 22, 2023 | Daniel Maxwell, Martina Santschi, Rachel Gordon

Looking back to look ahead? Reviewing key lessons from Operation Lifeline Sudan and past humanitarian operations in South Sudan

This document is a research report from the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) that examines the lessons learned from past humanitarian operations in South Sudan, with a focus on Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS). The report is structured into five sections, including an introduction to OLS and its evaluations, a breakdown of major criticisms and unintended impacts, a discussion of positive outcomes and learning over time, and a conclusion that distills key ideas for future humanitarian response. The report emphasises the importance of understanding the local context and engaging with communities in conflict-affected situations, as well as the need for flexibility, adaptability, and learning in humanitarian operations. Overall, the report provides valuable insights and recommendations for improving the effectiveness and impact of humanitarian interventions in conflict-affected contexts.


This article was originally published by the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC).

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