UNDP Administrator signed two important projects reaffirming UNDP's support to the Yemen's development

from UN Development Programme
Published on 23 Jan 2011 View Original
UNDP Yemen Focus Areas - Crisis Prevention and Recovery

On the fourth day of her official visit to Yemen, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator and the United Nations Development Group Chair, Ms. Helen Clark, signed today two important project documents between UNDP and the Government of Yemen.

The first project is the UNDP Integrated Social Cohesion & Development Project (ISCD). With initial 4-year duration and a total budget of US$ 8,573,000, the project aspires to promote social cohesion concepts and culture among all segments of the society, and to prevent conflict through community driven development approaches. It will enhance the existing local governance reforms to build a closer interaction between the local government and the communities.

On the economic front, the project aims to train and empower the local communities to assess their needs, set their priorities and decide on the realization of projects that will be funded up to $10,000 per village. Of this amount, $4,000 will be earmarked exclusively for women and youth initiatives. A "support system" of local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN Volunteers, and Government technical line departments will facilitate Community Planning and Community-managed projects. Special Sports & Cultural activities will be sponsored to promote public understanding of the Integrated Social Cohesion and Development.

The project will be implemented with the Government of Yemen, represented by the Ministry of Local Administration, UN agencies, INGOs, NGOs and others.

The project document was signed by H.E. Mr. Abdulkareem Al-Arhabi, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, H.E. Mr. Rashad Al-Alimi, Deputy Prime Minister for Security and Defense and Minister of Local Administration, and Ms. Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator.

The second one is the UNDP Community Driven Early Recovery in Saada Project. With a total budget of US$ 4,200,000, this 3-year project aims at contributing to the Government's plans to stabilize the situation in Saada.

This project is a response to the community's needs and aims at empowering Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs), orphans, disabled, women and youth of Saada to identify their priorities, and design, implement and monitor their projects.

To achieve its vision, the project seeks to address four main priorities; (1) increase agriculture productivity and income generation to improve the living conditions of affected people; (2) improve micro and small enterprises and key infrastructure rehabilitation; (3) build the local communities' capacities in executing early recovery in Saada; and (4) empower women and youth, socially and economically. Furthermore, the project will set the foundation for a longer-term economic and social development agenda.

The project will be implemented through an effective partnership with the Sa'ada Reconstruction Fund, local authorities, CSOs and NGOs in Saada, United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Foods and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Labor Organization (ILO), World Food Programme (WFP), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Islamic Relief, and OXFAM.

The project document was signed by H.E. Mr. Abdulkareem Al-Arhabi, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, and Ms. Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator.

The signing ceremony was attended by: Ms. Amat Al-Alim Alsoswa, UNDP Regional Director for Arab States; Ms. Pratibha Mehta, UNDP Resident Representative; Ms. Randa Aboul-Hosn, UNDP Country Director; Mr. Mohammad Naciri, UNDP Deputy Country Director; key officials from the government, UNDP and others.