Innovating in Transitional contexts


UNDP Administrator asking Senior Country Director about 3X6 approach

The UNDP Country Office presented two innovative approaches for employment generation –the 3x6 approach- and capacity development in transitional settings –the Emergency Capacity Development Facility- at the last Regional RBAS Cluster Meeting, organized in Amman Jordan, between 7th and 11th April 2013 with the participation of the UNDP Administrator, senior RBAS staff and representatives of country offices from the region.

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  • The 3x6 approach was developed to provide an innovative response to the challenge of employment generation for the Youth in Yemen
  • The Emergency Capacity Development Facility (ECDF) is an innovative bench-mark oriented technical assistance device to support core governmental institutions

The 3x6 approach was developed to provide an innovative response to the challenge of employment generation for the Youth in Yemen. The approach builds on traditional elements of socio-economic reintegration interventions – putting people to work, injecting money into local economy, and providing alternative employment opportunities for youths – and introduces innovative dimensions: promotes individual savings, enhances social cohesion and engage emerging entrepreneurs in joint economic ventures based on compulsory savings, outside investment, and risk sharing. This approach is currently tested in Yemen with support from Japan and South Korea.

The Emergency Capacity Development Facility (ECDF) is an innovative bench-mark oriented technical assistance device to support core governmental institutions, such as the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Finance, amongst others, to address key milestones of the challenging transition. The ECDF relays on a multidisciplinary network of experts (economist, strategic planners, aid-effectiveness advisors, strategy communication advisors), that remains immediately available to support key governmental institutions in dealing with relevant reforms, strategies and policy decisions. The ECDF is also tested in Yemen with support from USAID, DFID and Italy.

The UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, demonstrated great interest in these innovative ways of addressing the emerging needs of post-crisis reconstruction. In the exchange with the Yemen team, she highlighted that post-conflict reconstruction is by definition a land of innovation once each conflict generates a specific and unprecedented set of challenges.  

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