Yemen – Emergency Employment to Bring Relief to Host Communities and Internally DisplacedSep 23, 2015
Sana’a – A new scheme supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched yesterday to provide 500 new emergency jobs for people affected by conflict in Yemen, with half aimed at young people under the age of 30.
The cash-for-work scheme will target displaced people and the communities that host them, providing two months of paid work to both men and women. The initiative is expected to benefit more than three thousand people in affected communities.
Participants in the initiative, which is also supported by the For All Foundation and the Sustainable Development Foundation, will provide community services in Hajjah City and Sana’a, including collecting garbage, cleaning streets and planting trees in local schools. Project participants will also conduct an awareness campaign to inform the public on issues including water, hygiene and sanitation.
Income earned through the programme will help crisis-affected populations, who continue to suffer from the protracted conflict. Lack of food, fuel, security and damaged infrastructure and businesses in Yemen has brought the fragile economy to a near standstill.
“It has become extremely difficult for me to feed my family and provide my children with their most basic needs” says Samia, cash-for-work participant and mother of five who has fled her hometown in Saada governorate. “Having the opportunity to earn some income gives us some hope for a better future.”
Confronted with increased market prices, soaring unemployment and thus loss of income, many Yemeni families are now unable to afford food - half the population now faces severe food insecurity and malnutrition.
UNDP’s humanitarian assistance in Yemen aims to address immediate needs while at the same time bolstering people’s ability to withstand future shocks and lessen their dependency on aid. This approach includes emergency stabilization of livelihoods and protection of civilians. Through its long-standing presence in Yemen, UNDP is committed to working with communities in need based on humanitarian principles of non-discrimination and impartiality.
Farah Abdessamad, Programme Specialist in Sana’a (Mobile: +967 712221959, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Silke von Brockhausen, Media Focal Point in Amman (Mobile: +962 79035 9848, email@example.com)