Creating a better living environment for the vulnerable displaced population in Yemen

Yemen is ranked among the most severe humanitarian crises in the world. As the conflict enters its seventh year, the country’s economic decline continues, alongside the collapse of public services, uncontrolled disease outbreaks, loss of livelihoods, and famine. Today a staggering 80% of Yemen’s 28 million people require humanitarian assistance.

Six aid agencies are now working together to provide long term solutions to address these challenges in Yemen.

“Jabal Al Sharq district is a very isolated and remote area often overlooked by INGOs,” said Ali Attif, Deputy Governor of Dhamar.

“The governorate welcomes this project because it targets the most vulnerable areas and beneficiaries. It is also a comprehensive approach which will cover WASH, food security and livelihoods, and emergency needs in the targeted areas,” said Attif.

Durable Solutions to displacement are essential for creating stable and sustainable living environments for the vulnerable displaced population. The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Search for Common Ground (Search), and ACTED are working towards this goal through a two-year multi-sectoral project funded by EuropeAid to promote resilience and social cohesion.

The project targets the areas of Dhamar and Lahj governorates. Partners will address a wide range of needs in these areas through the integrated and coordinated approach.

“We are happy to receive such comprehensive projects in the district. It is the first sustainable project that aims to provide the basic services to host communities and the displaced population at the same time,” said Mohsen Jaffar, Director of Tuban District in Lahj Governorate.

As part of the consortium, the DRC plans to offer various services across different areas and assistance in Jabal Al Sharq district in Dhamar governorate and Tuban district in Lahj governorate. The consortium will support vulnerable beneficiaries from both the host community and the IDP communities with cash assistance, vocational trainings, grants to support small businesses, non-specialized psychosocial support, and improving the quality of life for vulnerable children in need of care and protection. In addition, the DRC will supervise projects in solid waste management, and rehabilitate water networks, schools, and health facilities while coordinating with other humanitarian partners.

At this stage, the consortium is finalising an in-depth needs analysis and is in the process of selecting the communities who will be the beneficiaries of the intervention.

The Consortium hopes that the approach for Durable Solutions, adapted to the Yemeni context, will lead to the creation of resilient, inclusive and sustainable communities in Yemen.