||2 Governorates (Aden and Lahi)
||Women, men and vulnerable households
||Income Generation and Livelihoods, Social Protection
||For All Foundation (FOF) and Oxfam
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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. At the same time, security and socio-economic conditions in the city remain fragile. 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 (LHS) 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 considers the root causes of interpersonal and domestic violence, to counteract risk factors; promote social cohesion; and, address 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:
- Generate knowledge to analyze and prioritize needs;
- Restore income sources in crisis-affected groups; and
- Strengthen protection mechanisms within communities, with a focus on women and youth.
- Knowledge products have been developed and shared among stakeholders, including a conflict analysis of Aden governorate; a market assessment of three (3) districts in Aden; and a case study on preventing violent extremism, involving participants from Lahj, Abyan and Aden.
- 600 individuals were engaged in cash-for-work activities, amounting to more than 13,200 person/work days.
- 1,000 individuals (of whom 50 percent were women) have received vocational and business skill training, equipping them to identify market opportunities and successfully establish a business enterprise.
- 1,000 individuals have received intensive basic and advanced business skill training and every graduate has received a grant of USD $800. A total of 790 micro-businesses have been established and 50 percent of the entrepreneurs are women who are now self-reliant.
- 600 individuals have been trained to provide psychosocial support, human rights protection and to resolve conflict.
Five (5) safe spaces have been established in targeted districts, providing a place where in-terpersonal problems and protection issues can be safely resolved.
- Community-based protection networks have been established in four (4) districts and are now cooperating with justice service providers. Network members have been trained in is-sues relating to human rights and protection, conflict resolution and psychosocial support, and have assisted approximately 900 people (of whom half are women and youth).