UNDP project to help ease chronic youth unemployment in Yemen
An new initiative from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) may create new sustainable jobs for Yemeni Youth. Falling under the Youth Economic Empowerment Project of the UNDP and funded by the Japanese government, the initiative targets 70 young people and provides them support and training to start their business.
One participant will take advantage of services offered to start a beekeeping endeavor.
Mujib Al-Fatish, a coordinator for youth initiatives and civil society organizations in Sana’a, said that the project provides several life and business skills to for participants that encourages them to establish small enterprises. A loan is provided by the UNDP.
Fuad Al-Qadasi, the director of the Fighting Poverty and Sustainable Development Project of the U.N., said, “The project aims to empower youth and women in Sana’a, Taiz and Aden through technical, administrative and confidence-building skills.”
Al-Qadasi pointed out that this approach was previously applied by the UNDP in Burundi as a way rebuild after the war. It aimed to integrate the groups affected by the conflict. UNDP adapted the program for Yemen.
Moamar Al-Aryani, the Minister of the Youth and Sport, told the Yemen Times that such projects will help reduce unemployment among the young in Yemen because the project will provide them with much needed capital.
He said the initiative will also instill lessons of saving. Participants are required to put two thirds of the income they make in accounts created for them at the Al-Amal Microfinance Bank.
“Yemen is witnessing a new era in which youth participation in development and the economy is essential to guarantee a successful transitional phase,” said Mohammed Al-Saeedi, the minister of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation.
Unemployment among the youth in Yemen has reached 60 percent, according to Studies and Economic Media Center.