Yemen launches a multidimensional livelihoods assessment in four conflict affected areas
Sana’a - The Government of Yemen and the United Nations Development Programme in Yemen launched today the findings of a comprehensive multidimensional livelihoods assessment in conflict affected areas of Abyan, Amran, Hajjah and Taiz Governorates.
"Yemen is the first country worldwide to have undertaken this innovative approach to livelihoods research, which provides analysis on the link between poverty, unemployment and conflict" said Mr. Ismail Ouldcheikh Ahmed, UNDP Resident Representative in Yemen.
"This assessment is now a global model, and more importantly it provides the information necessary to break the negative cycle and support youth and women to identify and initiate viable livelihoods that will sustain them and their families in dignity", he added.
The main findings of the assessment confirmed that most households have been affected by conflicts in one way or another. The findings also disclose that even better off households were not immune to the shocks and stresses. He also stated that, of those affected 67 percent referred to major impacts from the 2011 conflicts while 28.8 percent referred to the year 2010 and the evidence on which to take action, restore livelihoods and build resilience is now available.
His Excellency, Dr. Saad Al-Deen Bin Talib, Minister of Industry and Trade mentioned that the people of the governorates covered by this assessment and other governorates have shown a spirit of resilience in the face of acute and chronic sources of shocks and stresses, both conflict and non-conflict.
"For a long time development has been uneven in Yemen, which has contributed to inequalities among Yemeni citizens and regions. In this respect, local and national level initiatives will be required to address the broad range of livelihood challenges including creation of new jobs, and many policy actions in relation to youth employment are needed to support and protect families and their livelihood assets, especially during conflict and the recovery period in its aftermath, the Minister added.
He emphasized that people who return to damaged or destroyed homes and livelihoods need special support which takes into account their safety and social basic needs. In conclusion, the Minister confirmed that the findings of this assessment will be used by the Government of Yemen in the coming national planning frameworks, and he urged development partners to support Yemen in restoring livelihoods opportunities for affected population in the country.
The launch ceremony took place at the Movenpick Hotel under the auspices of the Prime Minister and has drawn attendance of Yemeni Government officials, Governors of the four Governorates covered under this study, diplomatic missions in Sana’a, UN agencies officials and International and National non-governmental organizations.
Rosemary Willey-Al’Sanah, Crisis Prevention and Recovery Advisor, UNDP in Yemen.