Instability in Yemen has caused a considerable slowdown in most economic sectors, resulting in economic depression, lost livelihoods particularly in the informal sector, and increased poverty particularly among the least privileged segments of society. Youth unemployment is amongst the most challenging issues facing Yemen, particularly in this severely deteriorating economic situation. The Youth Economic Empowerment/Livelihood Promotion is the United Nations Development Programme‘s response to assist the Government of Yemen in providing youth with tangible benefits of the transition process through job creation. In partnership with UNDP, the SDF has at best adopted the UNDP's 3*6 Approach to generate rapid and sustainable employment opportunities for vulnerable youth in Hajjah and Al-Hodeida Governorates. To that end, SDF team has targeted about 5,368 youth (male and female) in livelihood and emergency employment activities. These beneficiaries have participated in the community-based CFW which resulted into improved food security and access to cash/provided with seed capital. In other words, they have conducted community services like rehabilitation of roads, wells and agricultural lands/terraces, gardening, construction of literacy classes and sewing school uniforms for the orphans. Then, they receive cash in return for their work in the field. The beneficiaries have been involved in building their capacities in life and business development skills. They have been coached to develop their own social business plans in line with market assessment. To enable the creation of social businesses, eligible youths' business plans receive micro grants, based on a Business Approval Committee jointly constituted with UNDP. The SDF has delivered the Business Training Phase II of the ILO curricula (16 h) to graduating youth/grantees. At last, the business advisors have to ensure the establishment of business venturing as per respective business plans, with a focus on collective endeavors, supporting linkages to markets/community service centers for the established businesses. To strengthen the envision of long-term strategy and ensure sustainable development, the SDF has established two markets – one in Bajil and one in Aslam Districts – as an appropriate environment for the beneficiaries to launch their businesses. These projects have enhanced the self-reliance of rural people and communities to better cope with crises, risks and shocks.
To focus fully on the goals of sustainable
development and humanitarian response.