UNDP and KSrelief empower rural youth in Yemen with vocational and business training

September 7, 2023
UNDP Yemen / 2023

Aden, Yemen: 07 September 2023 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Yemen, with support from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), has launched the second phase of a vocational and business skills training support project in Yemen. Building on the first phase of the project, which reached over 1,000 beneficiaries with business and technical training, this new phase will deliver start-up grants to over 1, 500 prospective entrepreneurs who provide viable business plans upon completion of vocational and business training in nine governorates and twenty-four districts.

Currently, due to protracted conflict in Yemen, many businesses are operating at limited growth capacities, with low profits. A lack of vocational and entrepreneurial skills among the youth population, attributed to instability and an absence of training institutions, has left many unable to find sustainable employment and provide for their families.

The aim of the new vocational training and business support project is to empower rural young women and men with vocational, technical, and business skills, including food processing, textiles and handloom skills, boat engine repair and solar system maintenance and installation techniques. It will nurture a culture of entrepreneurship to enhance their employability and productive engagement in the recovery and resiliency of Yemeni communities.

“UNDP is grateful to KSrelief for its continued support in enhancing vocational skills and livelihood opportunities for young people living in rural areas of Yemen.  This new phase of vocational training and start-up grants will further empower young women and men to take part in the economic recovery of their communities, towards sustainable social well-being,” says Zena Ali Ahmad, UNDP Yemen Resident Representative.

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About King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre
King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre is an international organization that provides humanitarian aid and relief to those in need outside of the Kingdom’s borders. The activities of the center were inaugurated in May of 2015 under the high patronage and guidance of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, may God support him. https://www.ksrelief.org/home/index