Since 2015, armed conflict has fuelled a crisis of unprecedented magnitude in what was already the poorest country in the Arab region. In a country of 30 million, nearly 80% of Yemenis needs assistance. The crisis is the world’s greatest humanitarian and development disaster that is being exacerbated by the unmitigated spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Yemen’s case fatality rate is projected to be between 25% - 40%, four to six times higher than the global average.
UNDP Yemen’s programmes and projects are implemented directly and indirectly through our strong local implementing partners including, but not limited to: (a) community organizations; (b) public services and institutions; (c) the private sector; and, (d) civil society organizations. Aided by UNDP Yemen’s neutrality, a critical component of our mandate is to help build local partner capacity to continue to deliver critical social safety net projects, livelihoods support and delivery of life-saving key basic services both during and after the crisis.
With a focus at the community-level, and working with key implementing partners, UNDP in Yemen aims to restore livelihoods – as well as social cohesion and security – to create the necessary conditions for resilience and a post-conflict Yemen. Our current priorities are: (a) supporting a peaceful solution and transition; (b) economic recovery and livelihood; (c) restoring key basic services; and, (e) empowering vulnerable groups.
Guided by the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General, the United Nations Mission to support the Hodeida agreement (UNMHA) and the Resident Coordinator’s Office, UNDP will implement projects designed to provide visible results in areas critical to the advancement of the overall peace agenda. The proposed mechanism to fund the projects is the Peace Support Facility (PSF).
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