Strengthening resilience and promoting rural households
Title: Strengthening Resilience and Participation at Local Level in Yemen
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Overall term: 2019 to 2025
Yemen is one of the least developed countries in the world. It is struggling to cope with the devastating impact of the ongoing civil war that began in 2014. Eighty per cent of the population requires humanitarian aid; food shortages are leading to malnutrition and disease, especially among children.
The physical and social infrastructure is outdated in many places, while in the war zones it has been partially destroyed. Two thirds of the population lack access to clean water and sanitation facilities, resulting in the rapid spread of diseases. The hardest hit are vulnerable groups such as children, young people, women, persons with disabilities, and the Muhamasheen ethnic minority. The COVID-19 pandemic, the cholera epidemic and the continued military escalation are compounding the situation.
A transitional assistance project has therefore been commissioned to serve as a bridge between humanitarian assistance and long-term development cooperation in the context of the crisis in Yemen.
The resilience of local institutions and vulnerable population groups in Ibb, Dhamar and Hadhramaut is enhanced.
The project provides advisory services in four closely interwoven areas:
- It helps improve basic services by supporting the rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure such as schools, hospitals or water pipes.
- The project improves the livelihoods of rural households: for example, it supports training for farmers in innovative cultivation and irrigation techniques. Targeted Cash-for-Work (CfW) measures such as the construction of irrigation systems, help in temporarily stabilising rural households.
- By rebuilding landing sites and marketing structures, the project improves the livelihoods of fishers in the coastal region of Hadhramaut. Fishers are also supported with training in environmentally-friendly fishing and processing methods and in carrying out boat repairs.
- Small projects with local civil society organisations strengthen social cohesion among communities.
Last update: April 2022