Lessons Learned Study: Yemen Emergency Crisis Response Project

Sep 30, 2019

The World Bank-funded Emergency Crisis Response Project (ECRP) constitutes a key component of the international community’s evolving approach in Yemen. Launched in 2016, the ECRP aims at complementing ongoing humanitarian assistance by strengthening individual, household and community coping mechanisms and preserving core institutional service delivery capacities. Implemented in partnership with UNDP and two national institutions—the Social Fund for Development (SFD) and the Public Works Project (PWP)—the ECRP has achieved impressive results to date and represents one of the first large-scale attempts to operationalize a development-oriented approach in a context of active conflict. 

This Lessons Learned Study, commissioned by UNDP, reviews the approach and progress to date of the ECRP with the aim of identifying lessons and best practices to inform similar interventions in Yemen and other countries. It is based on a comprehensive review of ECRP project documentation and data, as well as consultations with project stakeholders from the World Bank, UNDP, SFD and PWP. Research and analysis based on the information acquired have been organized along three principal lines of inquiry: partnership and collaboration; project strategy and implementation approach; and operational and fiduciary mechanisms.

This study, commissioned by UNDP, reviews the approach and progress to date of the ECRP with the aim of identifying lessons and best practices to inform similar interventions in Yemen and other countries. As such, the specific objectives of the study are to:

  • Contribute to enhancing UNDP’s overall partnership-building efforts with the World Bank.
  • Showcase the uniqueness and effectiveness of ECRP’s approach in operationalizing the HDP nexus.
  • Identify critical elements for scale-up and replication for other UNDP Country Offices in crisis situations seeking to work with IFIs/World Bank on strengthening the HDP nexus.

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