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Registering for Democracy in Yemen

Posted by Elisabeth Kvitashvili, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Middle East on Thursday, March 20th 2014

Yemen is poised to launch a high-tech Biometric Voter Registry (BVR) system representing a significant step forward in the development of a credible voter registry in that country. During my recent visit to Yemen, I met with the chairman of Yemen’s Supreme Commission of Elections and the Referendums (SCER) Judge Mohammed Hussein Al-Hakimi to learn first-hand about the opportunities and challenges that exist for Yemen’s upcoming electoral processes.

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Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for February with a Forecast till Mid-April, 2014

Summary

The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained active in February in the central outbreak region on the Red Sea coasts and the Horn of Africa. Aerial and/or ground control treated hoppers and swarms on some 50,000 ha in Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Sudan, Yemen and northern Somalia. Other countries in the region remained calm during this month (DLCO-EA2 , DLMCC/Yemen, FAO-DLIS,
LCC/Oman, PPD/Sudan).

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Maintaining Women’s Potential in Yemen

Posted by Elisabeth Kvitashvili, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Middle East on Tuesday, March 18th 2014

This was the heart of the messaging from the New Voices of Yemen: Women Leaders Dinner I attended on my second evening in the country’s capital, Sana’a. These women, a far larger network than the 20 who attended the dinner, gathered together once again to promote women’s political participation in the continuing transformation of the country.

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Yemen Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #2 Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • On February 17, the U.N. launched the 2014 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP), a $592 million appeal outlining response activities to assist approximately 7.6 million people, out of the estimated 14.7 million Yemenis in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for January with a Forecast till Mid-March, 2014

The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained active on the Red Sea coasts in January where breeding continued and hoppers and swarms were reported in several places in Eritrea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen during this month.

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Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia – Disaster Risk Reduction Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2013

OVERVIEW

 Natural hazards, such as earthquakes, droughts, floods, wildfires, and extreme winter weather, affect a range of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA) 2. In addition, rapid urban growth and environmental degradation in some countries have led to overcrowding and settlement in hazard-prone areas. Protracted conflict and limited governmental disaster management capacity in many EMCA countries compound the risks associated with natural disasters.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for December 2013 with a Forecast till mid-February, 2014

Summary

The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation continued developing in Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Sudan, in December. Aerial and ground operations treated close to 80,000 ha during this month.

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USAID reaffirms support and assistance to Yemen during historic transition

SANA’A, YEMEN – This week the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Associate Administrator (AA), Mark Feierstein traveled to Yemen to announce a $21.5 million assistance package and reaffirm the United States’ continuing support and assistance to the country during its historic political transition. Accompanying AA Feierstein, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East Bureau Alina Romanowski returned to Yemen for her second time this year, reinforcing the importance of USAID’s engagement in Yemen and its commitment to a successful transition.

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Yemen Raises Awareness About Hearing and Speech Disabilities

Video, workshops advocate for disability rights in National Dialogue

"Persons with hearing disabilities are talented and full of potential, just like anyone else."

Although the Government of Yemen is a signatory to the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, those with hearing and speech disabilities still face exclusion and limited access to public services and government resources available to other members of society, including public education.

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Yemen Hospital Gets a Fresh Start

After 20 years of neglect, renovation brings full range of services

"We were serving people without any facilities. We had to ask our patients to go elsewhere for many things."Today as Dr. AbduSamad Abu Taleb walks the halls of the Al Rawdah Hospital, he can finally smile. After 22 years as the hospital manager, he is seeing the buildings and equipment get an upgrade thanks to a USAID-funded renovation of his Sana’a-based hospital.

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Yemenis Take to Airways to Plan Country’s Future

Radio Talk Shows Increase Public Awareness

The radio shows "help local citizens, especially those who cannot read and write ... to be informed and actively engaged in shaping Yemen’s new future."

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Yemen Schools Rebuild to Welcome Back Students

Landmines disarmed, residents return after conflict

"I believe the reason why most of Abyan’s internally displaced persons came back is because USAID started rebuilding the schools."

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Yemen Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #10 Fiscal Year (FY) 2013

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

· On September 6, U.S. Ambassador Gerald M. Feierstein declared a disaster due to floods that began in mid-August and had affected more than 50,000 people in nine governorates across Yemen by late September. In response, USAID/OFDA provided $50,000 to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to deliver emergency relief supplies, provide shelter assistance, and support water and sanitation services for families affected by the flooding in Abyan and Shabwah governorates.