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UNDP’s Leadership on the MDGs in Yemen

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In 2004, Yemen was selected among eight countries to participate in the UN Millennium Project, in which MDG Needs Assessment was undertaken to identify the financial envelope and ability of the country to meet the MDGs 2015 if the required resources will be made available. The MDGs Needs Assessment Country Report revealed that Yemen would require an investment of US$ 48.9 billion for a ten years period (2006-2015), and in the medium-term, Yemen is in need of external resources to finance the investment programs and projects, to sustain GDP growth at 5% per annum with higher volume of investment as well as high saving rate and more efforts to attract Foreign Direct Investments. The Country Report estimated that US$ 30 billion could be mobilized locally if the national planning frameworks are transformed to MDG based plan and the remaining amount of US$ 17.8 billion to be mobilized from international community (including the regional banks).

Developing Strategies
With a support of UNCT under UNDP leadership to the Government of Yemen a third MDG-based Development Plan for Poverty Reduction (2006-2010) was formulated as a follow-up to the recommendation made in the MDGs Needs Assessment Country Report for Yemen (2005). The review of the third plan revealed that actual recorded expenditure for the first four years of the third plan (2006-2009) against MDGs was US$ 3.86 billion, of which US$ 1.12 billion came from grants and loans provided by International Community to Yemen. This total expenditure of US$ 3.86 billion for the period 2006-2009 represents only 8.6% of the US$ 48.5 billion that was estimated by the MDGs Needs Assessment Country Report of 2005.

Yemen adopted the fast track approach to move near achieving the MDGs through more effective mechanisms that focus more on addressing bottlenecks which will reduce the adverse impact of previous policies and interventions. Towards this a four year (2012-2015) Fast Track Action Plan to accelerate achieving some of the MDGs indicators by 2015 with US$ 1.172 billion investment plan was articulated and approved by Cabinet of Ministers prior to the Arab Spring of 2011. However, due to the consequences of the 2011 political and military operations, the Action Plan was not implemented and was overtaken by Transition Plan for Stabilization and Development (2012-2014). Despite that the Transition Plan for Stabilization and Development (TPSD) has some goals related to the MDGs such as improving basic social services i.e. education, health, water and energy, Yemen will remain an off-track country as the limited interventions under TPSD will not much change the dramatic situation on the ground especially in the rural areas were two third of the population residence, of which 80% of them are under the national poverty line. 

UNDP works with FAO, ILO, UNICEF, UN Millennium Project, WFP and WHO on a joint project to support the development of MDG-based policy and planning in Yemen.

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