SDG 11
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As many households relocate from rural areas into Yemeni cities, government and communities have struggled to accommodate rapid population growth. Conflict has damaged or destroyed infrastructure which, in the absence of regular investment and maintenance, has continued to deteriorate. Many are relegated to living in slums or informal settlements that are not connected to any of the basic services and are prone to become concentration of poverty and crime.

Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing and upgrading slum settlements. It also involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in a way that is both participatory and inclusive. Sustainable development can only be achieved by transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.

Goals in action

Stories
  • Samiah: Caught between war and displacement

    Samiah hopes for peace to prevail in Yemen and that the war will come to an end soon. She tells us of her story fleeing war in hopes of a better life, and how she found that life come to reality through a UNDP-supported project.

  • Cash-for-work protects family house from floods

    Through YECRP’s Cash-for-Work programme, UNDP has partnered with the Public Works Project to pave several parts of Al-Nusairiah. This is not only comfort the fear of the residents for their homes from being flooded or washed away, but to also provide some of the residents, particularly the IDPs, with daily wages in return for their labor work in helping pave their neighborhood.

  • Lahj: Village Cooperative Council paves much needed road

    This small community-owned infrastructure project reflects how community resilience can be enhanced through community dialogue, while liaising with district authorities and mobilization of resources to the community.

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