UNDP expands its economic, social and developmental support to the youth of Yemen

Jun 9, 2012


Sana’a - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Yemen (GoY), represented by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, signed two project documents today at the Ministry, to support Yemeni youth.

The first project is the Pro-Poor Youth Economic Empowerment. With a three-year duration and a total budget of US$ 2 million, funded by the Government of Japan, the project aspires to socially and economically empower disadvantaged youth and women in technical, entrepreneurial, managerial and confidence building skills.

Proposed trainings will be systematically planned and executed to improve their skills in areas such as access to markets, appropriate technology, microfinance, and entrepreneurship development.  The project adopts a comprehensive, market driven, gender responsive and community-based strategy. It involves strategic partnerships with local authorities, Local Councils, religious leaders, None-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), private sector, and relevant institutions.

The project will also build linkages with other UNDP supported projects that are operating at the local level and has similar objectives, approach and scope, such as the Economic Diversification Support Programme (EDSP), the Local Governance Development Project (LGDP) and the Gender and Economic Empowerment Project (GEEP).

The second project is the US$ 400 thousand Yemeni Youth Observatory. In line with UNDP Transitional Strategy, the main objective of this 2-year project is to empower the participants of the National Dialogue in general, and youth organizations in particular, in developing effective solutions at the national and local levels to address the dialogue’s identified needs. The project also aims to improve their skills in evaluating the programmes and projects designed to ameliorate the situation of the youth in Yemen.

To institutionalize this capacity, a Yemeni Youth Observatory will be established and made operational as a sustainable watchdog organization capable of monitoring the situation of youth, performing youth sensitive analysis and developing evidence-based policy recommendations. The participants will consist of youth organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, think-tanks and independent professionals specialized in youth affairs.

The Observatory will support the National Dialogue in three areas, focusing on mainstreaming youth interests in (1) policy development, research and analysis; (2) advocacy; and (3) capacity development.

On this occasion, Mr. Gustavo Gonzalez, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. said:
“These two initiatives are to be conducted by the Government of Yemen, with support from Japan and the UN, are a concrete response to the needs identified in the last Friends of Yemen meeting in Riyadh,  where economic reconstruction and dialogue were put as top priorities”.
“Transition shouldn’t just be seen from the political angle and in terms of sharing of power. It also implies concrete access to services and job opportunities, particularly in a country where economic exclusion has been an important conflict driver”, he added.
Mr. Gonzalez also said: “addressing youth unemployment in Yemen -which represent almost 52,9%- is not just targeting one of the most important social groups in the country, but expanding the chances of a better future for Yemen”, he added.

The project documents were signed by Mr. Mohammad Al-Saadi, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, and Mr. Gustavo Gonzalez, UNDP Resident Representative a.i.

The signing ceremony was attended by Mr. Katsumi Moriyasu, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Japan, officials from GoY and UNDP, and others.

Contact information

Mr. Yazan Al-Saghiry, UNDP Communications Officer
Mobile: (+967) 712222301   E-mail: yazan.al-saghiry@undp.org

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