Empowering Yemen's Most Vulnerable Towards a Brighter Future
September 10, 2023
In the heart of Yemen, where the scars of conflict still linger, a glimmer of hope emerges thanks to a collective effort led by the European Union in Yemen (EU in Yemen) and the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden. Together UNDP, WFP, ILO, FAO, and their dedicated partners are working on the Supporting Resilient Livelihoods, Food Security, and Climate Adaptation in Yemen (ERRY III) Programme. This joint programme is actively contributing to reshaping the future for Yemen's most vulnerable individuals. As we mark International Literacy Day 2023, let's explore the holistic approach of this programme, focused on uplifting and empowering those who need it most in Yemen. Join us on a journey through the programme's diverse initiatives, intent on building capacity in areas from conflict resolution, to clean energy, to entrepreneurship.
Access to Clean and Renewable Energy
Access to clean and renewable energy solutions is fundamental for sustainable development. The ERRY III joint programme has set ambitious targets for advancing renewable energy solutions.
- Qualifying Suppliers: The ERRY III joint programme is actively prequalifying solar and energy suppliers to establish long-term agreements. A mapping platform is being developed to document renewable energy interventions transparently.
- Energy Assessments: Consultants are engaged in energy needs assessments for public service facilities in Hajjah and Taiz governorates. This groundwork is paving the way for clean energy solutions.
- Capacity Building: Over 300 public service representatives are expected to enhance their knowledge and skills in solar service provision. Additionally, the ERRY III joint programme aims to certify 100 technicians in advanced solar skills while providing training to 500 individuals in decentralized renewable energy innovation.
- Creating Job Opportunities: Recognizing the potential for job creation, the ERRY III joint programme aspires to certify 200 beneficiaries of Cash for Work (C4W) and Food/Cash Assistance for Assets (FFA) as solar energy technicians. This not only promotes clean energy but also economic empowerment.
The ERRY III programme's ambitious targets ensure that clean and renewable energy solutions benefit communities and create opportunities for employment and economic growth in target areas.
Continuing the Journey Towards a Brighter Future
As we reflect on these ambitious targets set on International Literacy Day, it is crucial to acknowledge the journey toward a brighter future for Yemen continues. Each step taken, each person empowered, and each community supported is a testament to the transformative impact of collaboration and dedication in the face of adversity.
The European Union in Yemen and the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden, through UNDP, WFP, ILO, FAO, and their partners, are working tirelessly to achieve these targets by the ERRY III programme's conclusion in March 2025. This steadfast commitment ensures that the people of Yemen can look forward to a future marked by resilience, empowerment, and sustainable development.
Funded by the EU and Sweden, the Supporting Resilient Livelihoods, Food Security, and Climate Adaptation in Yemen Joint Programme (ERRY III) is a 3-year programme jointly implemented by the United Nations Development Programme, the World Food Programme, the International Labour Organization, and the Food and Agriculture Organization. The joint programme aims to reduce vulnerability and strengthen the resilience of crisis-affected communities in Yemen by creating sustainable livelihoods and improving resilience, food security, and access to basic services in five governorates in Yemen: Hajjah, Hodeidah, Lahj, Abyan, and Taiz.
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