UNDP signs agreement with King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center for emergency livelihoods and rights protection for Yemeni people Aug 27, 2015The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is pleased to announce the signing of a Cost-Sharing Agreement with the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center to improve food security in crisis-affected communities in Yemen and to support the protection of human rights in the country. The agreement was signed in Riyadh on 27 August 2015 and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center will contribute $1,743,200 for three months duration. This is part of the broader contribution from Saudi Arabia to the UN Flash Appeal.
UNDP restoring community services through social entrepreneurship led by youthAug 24, 2015UNDP, Millennium Development Foundation and For All Foundation are launching three social businesses in Sana’a, which will directly support 53 vulnerable youth, including 30 women, with alternative economic opportunities that will benefit the affected population in Nuqum and Tahreer areas.
UNDP and Japan Invest in Yemeni Women to Build Resilience During CrisisAug 7, 2015UNDP and the Government of Japan are launching a Women Economic Empowerment programme geared to economically empower Yemeni women of Taiz and Ibb governorates. Mostly absent from the labour market, women possess an untapped potential for value chains and local economic activity which has become even more vital within the current crisis as livelihoods are directly and durably affected by the war, insecurity and the economic blockade.
Cleaning Campaign Launched in Aden Jul 15, 2015In partnership with START Foundation, UNDP conducted a cleaning campaign in Enma, a neighbourhood of Aden, during the week prior to Eid. The initiative aimed at supporting 350 local residents and internally displaced persons with emergency cash-for-work while improving the solid waste situation of their communities.
Satellite Images of Yemen Indicate level of destruction and implication for Recovery Jun 21, 2015Sana'a, 21 June 2015:The war in Yemen has generated a dire humanitarian situation with massive destruction to the country’s infrastructure.
UNDP champions community radio to promote culture of employability and entrepreneurship for youth in the central and southern governorates Mar 17, 2015Aden, UNDP is supporting a community-based business radio show on Lana Radio, airing for Yemeni youth in Aden and neighbouring governorates. In partnership with 21 Century Forum and Lana Radio, UNDP launched today in Aden its first public event on economic and employment-related topics, bringing listeners and journalists together for unique opportunities to exchange. The first event was attended by over 100 youth, in addition to representatives from UNDP, NGOs and journalists in Khormaksar.
UNDP promotes private sector development and youth entrepreneurs during critical times in YemenMar 12, 2015Today marked the launch of the first Business Support Centre in Yemen, supported by UNDP, in partnership with the Yemeni Business Club (YBC) and Spark. The launch, which was attended by representatives from the private sector, NGOs, the Social Fund for Development, UNDP and Spark, successfully outlined the importance of private sector development for resilience and inclusive growth.
MoLA Inaugurates Strategy for Supporting CSOs’ Role in Transitional JusticeDec 16, 2014The Ministry of Legal Affairs (MoLA),in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),) launched its “Strategy for Engaging Civil Society in Transitional Justice Efforts in Yemen.”
Government and Private Sector of Yemen hold dialogue in support of Yemen's economic developmentNov 18, 2014A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of Yemen and the Yemeni private sector was signed today in Washington DC to foster an enabling environment for business creation and youth employment.
Yemen receive support for the preparation of national paper to address climate changeOct 30, 2014The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Yemen represented by Ministries of Planning, Water and Environment have singed a Project Document “Yemen’s National Preparation for Post-2015 Climate Agreement” at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation.
- UNDP signs agreement with King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center for emergency livelihoods and rights protection for Yemeni people Sana'a, 27 August 2015 The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is pleased to announce the signing of a Cost-Sharing Agreement with the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center to improve food security in crisis-affected communities in Yemen and to support the protection of human rights in the country. The agreement was signed in Riyadh on 27 August 2015 and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center will contribute $1,743,200 for three months duration. This is part of the broader contribution from Saudi Arabia to the UN Flash Appeal. The first of the two-component cooperation will address immediate food security needs among affected communities including internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities in the Aden, Hajjah, Abyan, Sa’ada and Sana’a Governorates. UNDP will support local food producers (including farmers, herders and laborers) with production inputs and assets while providing IDPs and other poor families with cash for work to rehabilitate water-related community infrastructure. More than 12 million people already do not have enough food and this number will rise further as the conflict continues to prevent Yemenis to produce and buy food. This is only an initial step to restore the capacity of local food production and water-related infrastructure, income generation through cash for work. The second component aims to protect civilians and humanitarian personnel from the conflict through psycho-social assistance and documenting of human rights violations to be implemented by local Yemeni civil society organizations (CSOs) around Yemen. The continuing violence and collapse of law and order has given rise to a serious deterioration of human rights in Yemen including arbitrary detention and violence against women. UNDP will train a network of Yemeni CSOs to professionally report on human rights violations and provide psycho-social support to victims. “The Ksrelief Centre was established and commissioned in May 2015, by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to coordinate the Kingdom’s external humanitarian and relief aid without prejudice. Supervisor General, HE Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah stated that the situation in Yemen is very critical and Ksrelief is collaborating with UN agencies in order to alleviate the suffering of the people of Yemen and this agreement is one of several to follow, and is a reflection of our Government and Nation’s values to those in need, especially to our brothers in Yemen.” UNDP Country Director for Yemen, Mikiko Tanaka explained: “The war in Yemen has created a humanitarian and developmental disaster where economic and governmental systems have collapsed and Yemeni communities and individuals, who have long survived poverty and injustice with incredible solidarity and tenacity in the past, are now deprived of their means and coping mechanisms to protect and provide for their families. UNDP is grateful for the financial contribution from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center to initiate this assistance. This agreement comes at a critical time to support Yemeni people to get back on their feet to overcome the hardship inflicted by the war. Amidst the massive needs that we sadly see today in Yemen, this is only a drop and a start of long process of restoring livelihoods and building back resilience and dignity among the Yemeni people. Only in collaboration with our international partners may we be able to respond to this colossal challenge.” 27 August AT 03:50 PM
- UNDP restoring community services through social entrepreneurship led by youth Sana’a, 24 August 2015 UNDP, Millennium Development Foundation and For All Foundation are launching three social businesses in Sana’a, which will directly support 53 vulnerable youth, including 30 women, with alternative economic opportunities that will benefit the affected population in Nuqum and Tahreer areas. Since March 2015, Yemen is experiencing a protracted crisis with an estimated 80% of its population being currently in need of humanitarian assistance. Livelihoods have been profoundly disrupted with mass scale unemployment and closure of businesses due to insecurity and the imposed economic blockade that limited vital commercial imports and exports. The social businesses will offer charcoal ironing and garbage collection services to the residents, mitigating the impact of prolonged electricity outages and mounting solid waste, in addition to establishing a community service center to provide delivery of essential goods and commodities such as cooking gas, drinking water, and mobile phones charging. Charcoal ironing shops will employ 27 vulnerable women and provide them with income-generating activities. These charcoal operated irons will mitigate the impact of electricity outages, offer alternative economic opportunities, and contribute to improve the livelihoods of this initiative for beneficiaries. Furthermore, 11 youth will be provided with special local made bicycles to collect and safely dispose of solid waste, in cooperation with local authorities and Cleanliness Fund, collecting nominal fees from the targeted population in exchange for these services. Essential goods and commodities have become difficult to secure from the markets in view to the current circumstances. In this respect, the Community Social Centre will employ 15 youth to deliver cooking gas, drinking water, and mobile phones charging to the community, using local designed bicycles. Building the resilience of businesses to sustain shocks through a social angle while ensuring that critical services are maintained at the community-level to stabilize livelihoods and foster economic self-reliance. “As youth are drawn into conflict and poverty, social enterprises offer them the opportunity to restore their livelihoods and to give hope to their communities,” said Mikiko Tanaka, UNDP Country Director, during the launching ceremonies. “I lost my job in April. The company I was working for has been closed, and it was not able to pay our salaries. I always wanted to start my own business so this is an opportunity for me to earn a dignity in my life. We cannot stay home doing nothing and only wait for charity,” Najwa, a young entrepreneur from Nuqum said. As part of its emergency livelihoods response, UNDP is promoting a social entrepreneurship to support the private sector to create new jobs and generate a wider social impact that will contribute to the immediate economic recovery efforts and to building up resilience of Yemenis to better cope with shocks. 24 August AT 02:44 PM
- UNDP team on the ground in Sana'a to conduct the #SenseMaker survey. The team has collected 200 micro-narratives of Yemenis sharing their hardships and impact of crisis on their livelihoods. Survey to be expanded to 5 Governorates. 20 August AT 06:27 AM
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