Multidimentional Livelihoods Assessment in Conflict Areas in Yemen

30 Dec 2013

The aim of the ‘Multi-dimensional Livelihoods Assessment in Conflict Affected Areas’ is to provide a comprehensive understanding of livelihoods opportunities and gaps in vulnerable governorates in Yemen. The assessment provides, for the first time, a holistic view of the livelihoods systems of people at household and community level. It includes sources of vulnerability, their asset base, jobs, businesses, household structure, coping and adaptive strategies, as well as how these change as result of shocks and stresses resulting from conflict and disasters.

I trust that this assessment will help us to better understand the impacts of conflict, as well as the effect of various interventions we design and implement to address the needs of vulnerable communities and households in Yemen. It provides a base-line for sound decision making, policy development, and program design relevant to current needs.

At this initial phase, the governorates of Abyan, Hajjah, Amran and Taiz have been assessed, a second phase covering 5 more governorates will be implemented in the first quarter of 2014. The assessment has been carried out in close cooperation between UN agencies in Yemen, led by UNDP, and the Government of Yemen, led by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation and including the Ministries of Agriculture and Irrigation, Fisheries, Technical and Vocational Training, and Social Welfare and Labor. Non-Governmental Organizations have also contributed though the Early Recovery Working Group under the Humanitarian Country Team. The Central Statistics Office and UNDP have implemented the field work, led the analysis, and we are now pleased to present the findings.

I trust this assessment will serve as a useful tool to the Yemeni Government and its partners in Yemen, and that this can enable all of us to better fulfill our commitment of providing improved, efficient and empowering support to the people of Yemen, particularly to homes and communities highly exposed to conflict.

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