· Despite progress in negotiations regarding a Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council-brokered transition agreement to resolve the recent political unrest in Yemen, countrywide demonstrations continue, including in the capital city of Sana’a. · USAID/OFDA is closely monitoring the security situation and reviewing emergency response contingency plans with grantees and other humanitarian agencies to facilitate a rapid and flexible response to evolving conditions.
· In April, USAID/OFDA committed an additional $1.25 million to the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to augment humanitarian coordination capacity in central and southern Yemen and to support expanded water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions.
· As part of OFDA’s response to the ongoing conflict in the north, USAID/OFDA recently provided nearly $900,000 to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) to support logistics and relief commodities, economic recovery and market systems, and WASH interventions for conflict-affected populations.
· In FY 2011, USAID/OFDA has provided nearly $5 million to support economic recovery and market systems, logistics and relief commodities, humanitarian coordination and info management, and WASH interventions, providing more than 400,000 services to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable individuals. In addition, nearly $11 million in FY 2010 USAID/OFDA humanitarian funding continues to provide nearly 440,000 services in health, nutrition, shelter, and WASH, including essential support for mobile health clinics operated by Save the Children (SC/US) and emergency relief commodities for returnees to Sa’ada from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).