EU supports Yemen with €79 million to sustain public services and generate job opportunities

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The European Commission has today adopted a €79 million package to support Yemen, where violent conflict has created an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and devastated livelihoods since 2015. This support will help to sustain public services, such as health and education, and to develop livelihood opportunities.

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, said: “Yemen is a country torn by conflict and ravaged by violence, but it is also a country full of resilience and entrepreneurship. In addition to the EU’s humanitarian assistance to the people of Yemen, investing in development is crucial. Today’s package worth €79 million will support health services, access to water, food and education, as well as improve the livelihoods of people.”

The EU support will focus on two areas. First, it will help Yemeni communities such as local councils to improve health services, access to drinking water and food, primary and hospital care sanitation and invest in education. It will furthermore promote better revenue collection and spending, as well as better waste management.

Second, it will stimulate the private sector, especially small-scale economic actors, for example in the sector of agri-businesses. This will support people’s ability to secure their livelihoods and boost their resilience in a country where the economy has essentially halted due to five years of conflict.