South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011 as the outcome of a 2005 peace deal that ended Africa's longest-running civil war. Being the youngest nation on Earth, the challenges are many.
Corruption, impunity and lack of accountability is widespread and journalism has not yet developed into the watchdog so badly needed to assist in bringing accountability and good governance about.
Fojo Media Institute was engaged in training journalists already prior to the referendum in 2011. Since then, we have been engaged in setting up the first Media Development Centre in South Sudan together with IMS and Norwegian People's Aid.
However, as the instability in South Sudan is increasing, process is put on hold and the future of the Centre is uncertain.