Payam (administrative division)

A payam is the second-lowest administrative division, below counties,[1] in South Sudan. Payams are required to have a minimum population of 25000. They are further subdivided into a variable number of bomas.[2] As of 2017, South Sudan has 540 payams and 2500 bomas.

The unit of administration was introduced by the SPLM/A[2] and formalized at the National Convention of New Sudan.[3] The equivalent unit in neighboring Kenya and Uganda is sub-county.


  1. ^ Allan, Tony; Martin Keulertz; Suvi Sojamo; Jeroen Warner (2012). Handbook of land and water grabs in Africa: foreign direct investment and food and water security (1st ed.). Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge. p. 451. ISBN 1857436695.
  2. ^ a b Grawert, Elke (2010). After the comprehensive peace agreement in Sudan. Woodbridge, Suffolk [England]: James Currey. p. 104. ISBN 1847010229.
  3. ^ Yongo-Bure, Benaiah. Economic Development of Southern Sudan. Lanham, Md. [u.a.]: Univ. Press of America, 2007. pp. 197-198

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