Yemen Emergency Crisis Response Project (World Bank)

Generating income for local population through Cash for Work programme in Sanaa
Coverage 316 districts in 22 governorates
Target Groups Households impacted by crisis, with focus on internally-displaced persons, female-headed households, households with children, and youth
Estimated Beneficiaries 2,800,000 people
Focus Area Income Generation and Livelihoods, Financial Services, Community Infrastructure
Partners Social Fund for Development (SFD), Public Works Project (PWP)
Project Manager Edrees Al-Qadasi
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Project Summary

Since 2011, on-going conflict has pushed Yemen deeper into poverty and increased the vulnerability of its people. The Yemen Emergency Crisis Response Project (YECRP) reduces the negative effects of this crisis on local households and communities, and assists recovery from the bottom up. The project reasons that if income-generation and livelihood opportunities are increased for the most vulnerable groups (including youth, women and internally-displaced persons), then households will be stronger, better able to cope, and capable of assisting and contributing to their communities.

Through YECRP, the World Bank and UNDP work together to shore-up two key national institutions. Despite the conflict, the Social Fund for Development (SFD) and the Public Works Project (PWP) have been able to continue their community-based services while working in harmony with humanitarian partners to achieve collective outcomes.

As a result of project activities, it is expected that Yemeni households and communities will be better positioned to cope with crisis, recover from negative impacts, and gain confidence in the ability of their national partners.


The project is designed to realize four practical outcomes:

  1. Communities benefit from short-term work, and youth gain skills that expand their job and life opportunities.
  2. Community assets are repaired and improved.
  3. Financial service providers and small businesses can develop and expand.


  • Approximately 329,000 individuals (32 per cent youth, 19 per cent female and 18 per cent internally-displaced persons/returnees) have been engaged in short-term jobs and near 2 million people have indirectly benefitted.
  • Approximately 7.8 million work days have been created.
  • Over 3 million people have gained access to services, such as water, food, health, education and roads.
  • Over 670,000 cubic meters of household water supply was built.
  • More than 261 kilometers of road has been paved.
  • Nearly 14,500 hectares of agricultural land have been protected.
  • 2,189 classrooms have been repaired.
  • 3,346 farmers in rural areas have been trained and provided with equipment so that they can practice modern farming techniques to improve productivity and save on the cost of fuel and water.  This has created over 42,800 additional jobs.
  • 600 fishermen have received tools and equipment to improve their productivity and income.
  • 880 women have received livestock and tools to improve their productivity and income.
  • Over 8,200 youth (70 per cent female) have been trained and employed in nutrition promotion, education and community empowerment.
  • 1,900 Village Cooperative Councils have been established to coordinate local development projects.
  • Nearly 1,100 youth-led community initiatives have been financed and implemented.
  • Almost 220,100 children and pregnant or lactating women suffering from malnutrition have been referred for medical treatment.
  • 9 microfinance institutions have been funded to continue providing financial services to their over 83,700 clients.
  • 3,819 (53 per cent female owned) small- and micro-enterprises received grants to pay off their debts and continue their businesses.



Project start date:

April 2017

Estimated end date:

December 2019

Focus area:

  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Yemen

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

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    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • World Bank (int'l. Bank For Reconstruction & Development)
  • United Nations Office For The Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs (unocha)
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2019 $38,187,464

    2018 $157,742,336

    2017 $41,216,520

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