Yemen Livelihood and Human Security

Entisab is benefiting from UNDP's emergency employment programme that enables vulnerable groups earn an income and contribute to building their community
Coverage Aden (Craiter, Attawahi and Muallah districts) and Lahj (Tuban and Tur Al baha districts)
Target Groups Most vulnerable community groups including women, unemployed, youth, the Muhamasheen, internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees and stressed host communities
Estimated Beneficiaries Direct beneficiaries: 49,575 people; Indirect beneficiaries: 50,000 people
Focus Area Livelihood, social cohesion, protection and resilience
Partners ARD, For All Foundation and OXFAM 
Project Manager Arvind Kumar
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Project Summary

Having experienced no major conflict since July 2015, the port city of Aden is regarded by many stakeholders as a test case for post-conflict recovery. The security and socio-economic conditions in the city remain fragile and household incomes and access to basic services like water, electricity, schools and health facilities have not returned to pre-conflict levels.

The Yemen Livelihood and Human Security (YLHS) project contributes to the overall stability of Yemeni governorates, by empowering communities to resist and recover from conflict. The project reasons that if livelihoods, basic services, protection and safety measures are in place at the community-level, and if sources of insecurity are identified and managed, then people’s perception of community stability will improve, investment in livelihoods and public services will increase, those who are displaced will have more opportunities to return home, recovery from the conflict will be faster, and future conflicts can be prevented.

The project is distinct in that it responds to both short- and longer-term needs and supports the transition to recovery. In addition, it: (a) considers the root causes of interpersonal and domestic violence to counteract risk factors; (b) promotes social cohesion; and, (c) addresses harmful concepts of masculinity.

Project activities are expected to result in short-term financial recovery and preparation for sustainable longer-term development in a post-conflict setting.  


Project activities are designed to increase employment opportunities, improve service delivery and strengthening community-based protection. Specifically, they are intended to:

  1. Generate knowledge to analyze and prioritize needs
  2. Restore income sources in crisis-affected groups
  3. Strengthen protection mechanisms within communities, with a focus on women and youth

2019 Accomplishments

  • 1370 received cash-for-work daily wage creating over 27,780 days of work
  • Over 1140 beneficiaries created micro-businesses in the targeted districts
  • 1770 beneficiaries have received vocational and business training
  • Creation and support of 17 safe spaces at 5 targeted districts
  • Creation of 8 Community Protection Based networks (CPBNs)
  • Provision of referral individual cases to 52 beneficiaries
  • Creation and support of 19 youth of peacemaking and protection initiatives
  • Development of mobile application for protection services
  • 1,600 beneficiaries have received psychosocial support sessions (PSS)
  • Provide capacity building to 180 formal and informal justice providers
  • Provision of cash assistance to 125 beneficiaries for legal aid or services



Project start date:

February 2017

Estimated end date:

December 2021

Focus area:

  • build resilience to shocks and crisis
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Yemen

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

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    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • Government Of Japan
  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2022 $294,921

    2021 $2,182,846

    2020 $1,037,676

    2019 $1,014,179

    2018 $1,270,723

    2017 $883,648

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