||Individuals, stabilization, communities and institutions
||Local governance, institutional resilience, economic resilience, capacity development, service delivery
||Peter van de Pol
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The Strengthening Institutional and Economic Resilience in Yemen (SIERY) project has been designed to buttress the resilience of local governance systems in Yemen to reinforce the resilience and recovery of conflict-affected communities. The project is based on the assessment that in a context of protracted conflict and massive population movements across the country - which disproportionately affect women, children and youth - the resilience of local populations cannot depend solely on self-help or on foreign aid. It is also necessary that local authorities are able to more effectively fulfil their mission in terms of: (a) core functions; (b) basic service delivery, (c) emerging needs such as conflict resolution, humanitarian aid, disaster management, internally displaced people; and, (d) economic recovery.
Despite a precarious situation, local authorities in Yemen have proven remarkably resilient in the face of the prolonged effects of the conflict. Further deterioration will have serious implications for the sustainability of aid and recovery and the viability of any future political settlement and transition. And the growing local governance system gaps in capacities, resources and outcomes across the country create severe institutional and economic resilience instabilities that threaten to perpetuate the conflict.
UNDP is creating a structured and systematic project for local authorities to help maintain, enhance and expand performance. Our SIERY project is a 3-year initiative that aims to ensure economic and social wellbeing for Yemenis, in particular for the poorest and most vulnerable. SIERY responds to crucial development challenges of Yemen and is fully aligned with the EU’s Global Strategy.
SIERY's strategy includes:
Institutional resilience: Caters to service delivery needs of local populations and considers the role that responsive and legitimate local governance can play in rebuilding peace and stability from below. In partnership with communities, the private sector and local influential actors, SIERY will provide district authorities with technical support and discretionary funding to devise and implement recovery plans while fulfilling their missions in a more participatory, inclusive and accountable manner. SIERY will also foster an emerging nation-wide compact to restore the Yemeni local governance system to support peace- and state-building and is in line with the Agenda 2030.
Economic resilience: Aiming to improve the business environment for economic recovery and employment opportunities, this empowers private sector players working on selected value chains in the areas of skills development, capital support, job creation, and employment. It will rehabilitate or reconstruct community-prioritised infrastructure and will support small and medium enterprises to expand and/or scale-up. This will enable and engage microfinance service providers and networks, the private sector and/or business associations and regulators to support producers, private sectors and local authorities to stabalize the market economy.
- Strengthened local authority capacities to respond to community needs for services in an inclusive and accountable manner.
- Improved capacities of public services providers for scaling-up the outreach to the most vulnerable.
- Strengthened central, local and horizontal relations between local governance stakeholder.
- Strengthened linkages/cooperation opportunities between micro, small and medium enterprises, private sector and micro-finance microfinance institutions involved in the value chains.
- Increased and de-risked access to financial services for economic agents in promising value chains.
- Rapid Local Governance Diagnostic carried out in six governorates (Aden, Hadramout, Hajjah, Lahj, Marib and Taiz) and in 18 districts.