Yemen Stabilisation Programme launches its first phase of the Project “Restoration of livelihoods of affected populations” funded by Government of Japan

While interviewing beneficiaries in Crater to receive vocational training skill, business training and the chance to open a micro business of their own (Photo: UNDP Yemen)

Aden, 23 August 2017: Aden is a test case for the concretization of post-conflict peace dividend and for the start of a post-conflict recovery phase. Yet the city’s socioeconomic, political and security conditions remain fragile and the State is struggling to improve security orders.  Aden and other non-active conflict areas require additional support to help prevent negative setbacks that would adversely delay peace process and reconstruction, as well as put citizens at risk of relapse in secondary conflicts. Livelihoods and essential basic social services have not been recovered to the pre-conflict levels, fuelling a terrain for extreme poverty, violence, further displacement and instability in general. The Yemen Stabilisation Programme (YSP) focuses on two-interrelated objectives: 1) Generate knowledge on local stabilisation needs; and 2) Restore the disrupted livelihoods of the affected population that would yield to the strengthening of community-based protection mechanisms mainly focusing on women and youth. Moreover, the programme is expected to expand to other areas, which would entirely depend on mobilization of resources.

Livelihoods have been severely disrupted as consequences of the ongoing crisis, compounded by lengthy periods of displacement. The YSP will promote the reviving of livelihoods, with a focus on vulnerable groups, to link participants with skills development (technical, life and business skills) and access to finance (grants or start-up kits) to support the establishment of micro-enterprises in socially significant sectors such as agro-processing, bakeries, private educators, health providers, and recycling etc. 

Women participation will be promoted through discrete strategies in the design and implementation stages of the livelihoods interventions, as conflict has granted new economic opportunities for Yemeni women to access, often becoming the breadwinners of their families. This will be inspired from the lessons learnt of the Japan-funded Women Economic Empowerment project (2015-2016) which has demonstrated the positive impact of engaging vulnerable women to achieve their economic aspirations for self-reliance.

 “Such activities will reinforce peace and stabilization not only for Aden but for the neighbouring governorates since Aden considers a pull factor for other fragile states to settle down. Stabilising Aden will stop the influx of IDP from other states and will present a pilot for replication in other governorates”, Walid Baharoon emphasized, Deputy of UNDP Aden Sub-office 

“On behalf of the people of Crater district I would like to Thank UNDP and its partners on providing this opportunity to youth in the area, I believe such activities support stabilising the district as youth are well used in productive fields and will support build capacities and provide employment opportunities to many residents who are suffering until now from the conflict of 2015”, Khaled Sido appreiciated, Crater District director

 The interviews will aim to select 100 beneficiaries from Crater District in Aden governorate out of more than 1,000 youth that have already been registered to be part of the interviews seeking for the opportunity of acquiring Vocational Training skill, business training and the chance to open a micro business of their own in their districts.