World Bank Approves $50 Million Grant To Yemen for Improving Services

Published June 9th, 2021 - 12:00 GMT
World Bank Approves $50 Million Grant To Yemen for Improving Services
The newly approved funds bring the total of IDA grants for Yemen to USD 2.291 billion since 2016. (Shutterstock)
The Yemeni Ministry of Planning and International Development has announced that the World Bank had approved a USD 50 million grant to Yemen to overhaul urban services across the war-ravaged country. In a statement on Tuesday, the ministry said the grant from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank's fund for the poorest countries, aims to support the Yemen Integrated Urban Services Emergency Project (YIUSEP).

It pointed out that the grant will help provide 600,000 Yemenis with access to rehabilitated water and sanitation, rehabilitate 60 kilometers of urban roads, and restore 39,000 megawatt hours of electricity capacity.

The newly approved funds bring the total of IDA grants for Yemen to USD 2.291 billion since 2016.

Yemen's cities have been very badly affected by six years of conflict, with the destruction of urban infrastructure widespread.

In January 2020, damage in the 16 cities covered by the World Bank's Yemen Dynamic Needs Assessment was estimated at between USD 6.9 billion and USD 8.5 billion. 

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