Emergency Social Protection Enhancement and COVID-19 Response Project (ESPECRP)

Coverage All governorates
Status Ongoing
Duration December 2020 to December 2024
Budget USD 169.4 million
Target Groups Households that are most at-risk of malnutrition, vulnerable populations from the selected communities and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) affected by conflict and the COVID-19 crisis
Focus Area Cash-for-work, cash-for-nutrition, community assets, MSME support, and food market resilience  
Partners Social Fund for Development (SFD), Public Works Project (PWP), and Small and Micro Enterprise Promotion Service (SMEPS)
Project Manager Tracy Vienings

Project Summary

Funded and supported by the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), , the Emergency Social Protection Enhancement and COVID-19 Response Project (ESPECRP) aims to provide (a) nurtrition-sensitive cash transfers; (b) temporary employment; and (c) increased access to basic services and economic opportunities for food-insecure populations affected by both COVID-19 and the on-going conflict and climate-related shocks, as well as to strengthen the capacity of national service delivery institutions.

The proejct is managed by UNDP Yemen and implemented by the Social Fund for Development (SFD), the Public Works Project (PWP), and the Small and Micro Enterprise Promotion Services (SMEPS).


  • Provide cash assistance and much-needed services for vulnerable households that are most at risk of malnutrition.
  • Create employment opportunties for vulnerable populations, improve productivity, strengthen social cohesion, and respond to the anticipated effects of climate change.
  • Build valuable socio-economic assets for local communities that help improve access to key services and small infrastructure.
  • Finance MSMEs affected by the conflict and COVID-19 crisis to support economic activities that strengthen the domestic food market and improve food security.

Expected results

  • Nearly 122,000 direct wage employment beneficiaries
  • Nearly 1 million Yemenis with increased access to key services.
  • Over 153,000 women and children benefiting from cash-for-nutrition
  • 7,854 MSMEs supported financially to strengthen the domestic food market 



Project start date:

November 2020

Estimated end date:

December 2022

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

  • International Development Agency
  • Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2022 $10,729,817

    2021 $11,853,300

    2020 $0

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