Sudan is an extremely poor country that is facing a wide range of challenges such as dealing with social conflict, civil war, and the secession of South Sudan in July 2011.
With a population of 34 million, among which 46% are below the poverty line, Sudan has a total employment rate of 20%. While the agricultural sector continues to employ 80% of the workforce, the oil sector has driven most of Sudan’s GDP growth since it began exporting oil in 1999. Sudan also faces high inflation, reaching an average of 45% per year. Ongoing conflicts in Southern Kordofan, Darfur, and the Blue Nile states, lack of basic infrastructure in large areas, and reliance on subsistence agriculture ensure that most of the population will remain at or below the poverty line for years to come.
Our partner organization in Sudan is The Port Sudan Association for Small Enterprise Development (PASED). You can learn more about this organization at their website: http://pasedsud.org.