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UNOPS to further improve critical urban services across Yemen

The World Bank’s International Development Association approved an additional $120 million grant to further support the second phase of the Yemen Integrated Urban Services Emergency Project.

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  • This article was originally published in June 2021 and has been updated to reflect recent project developments.

Implemented by UNOPS with support from local partners, funding for the continuation of the project comes at a critical time as the country continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19, as well as damaged infrastructure caused by floods in 2021. 

The $120 million grant was added to an already existing $50 million grant, announced in June 2021, bringing the total for phase two of the project to $170 million.

“We are proud to continue to support the World Bank to revitalize critical urban services in cities across Yemen. This additional funding will further help to improve living conditions, generate economic opportunities, and build and sustain local capacity.

Muhammad Usman Akram - Director of UNOPS Multi-Country Office in Amman

More than seven years of conflict in Yemen has caused widespread damage to urban infrastructure, including transportation, healthcare, waste management and electricity infrastructure. The damage from conflict and climate-related shocks has had further socio-economic consequences on mobility and access to critical services such as healthcare, education and markets.

During the first phase, the Yemen Integrated Urban Services Emergency Project rehabilitated more than 230 kilometres of roads in 8 cities and restored access to critical services for more than 3 million people through improving basic living conditions. A key component of the project aims to boost the local economy and strengthen capacity by partnering with local Yemeni institutions and service providers.

Read more about the project here.

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