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Resources for Peace: Rebuilding Environmental Studies at the University of Juba, South Sudan

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This project will help expand and develop the Department of Environmental Studies in the University of Juba, South Sudan!

South Sudan faces immense environmental challenges, many of which may be crucial to maintaining security both within South Sudan and between South Sudan and its neighbors.

Oil and mineral extractionwater, forest and biodiversity conservation, and rangeland degradation are issues that directly impact the security of local livelihoods and will continue to challenge policy makers at regional, national and international levels.

This project aims to provide basic amenities for the Department of Environmental Studies. We are fundraising to purchase TEXTBOOKS, INTERNET ACCESS, PROJECTORS, and COMPUTERS for instruction and learning purposes.

WHAT your DONATION will HELP purchase:


  1. Fundamentals of Conservation Biology ($55 x 5books)
  2. Markets and the Environment ($21 x 5books)
  3. New Directions in Conservation Medicine: Applied Cases of Ecological Health ($80 x 5books)
  4. Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action ($21 x 5books)
  5. Evolutionary Analysis (5th Edition) ($122 x 5books)
  6. The Environment and International Relations ($32 x 5books)
  7. Environmental Ethics (6th Edition) ($112 x 5books)​
  8. Wildlife of East Africa ($14 x 5 books)


​Other Essentials:

  1. 24 months of INTERNET ACCESS @100/month 
  2. Dell 1210s Projector ($350 x 3) 
  3. Desktop COMPUTERS ($1000 x 3)


The Department of Environmental Studies at the University of Juba is training undergraduate and graduate students in the field of environmental studies, conducting advanced research on South Sudan’s environment, and collaborating with the Government of South Sudan and other institutions to address critical environmental issues. However, the Department, its faculty, and its students NEED support! 

Like much of South Sudan, the University of Juba is struggling to rebuild after decades of conflict.

The University of Juba officially separated from the University of Khartoum after South Sudan’s independence in July 2011. As a result, the University can no longer depend on its older and more established predecessor for resources and support. Colleges within the University of Juba lack many of the basic amenities required to instruct students including computers, projectors, textbooks, and internet access.

Think Higher Education in South Sudan is a stretch? THINK AGAIN. A recent report from University World News notes:

In 2012, more than 11,000 students applied for the 6,000 available university spots.

Students cannot turn to private universities, because the government has closed most of them, declaring that they do not meet national standards. Despite being one of the president’s top priorities, the Ministry of Higher Education suffered huge cuts, along with most other departments. The country is in the midst of a financial crisis, following its decision in January 2012 to suspend oil production – the source of 98% of its revenue. The only pipeline out of South Sudan’s oil fields runs through Sudan, the country it seceded from. Rather than paying transit fees it deemed too high, the government decided to shut down the production of crude oil and adopt austerity measures.

Andrew Malek Madut Chol, the acting undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, said changes would come soon, but acknowledged that the lack of money would continue to cause problems. “Higher education is so valuable to us, so valuable to our development that we will do whatever we can,” he said. “If we get one penny, we’ll try to see how we can ration it, so at least the wheel keeps going. It may not be going as fast as it should, but at least the wheel will still be rolling.”

Please help provide opportunities for South Sudan's students of the Environment!

This project is headed by McKenzie Johnson (, a 3rd year PhD student in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. McKenzie is conducting part of her dissertation research in South Sudan and works in collaboration with the University of Juba.  


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