Supporting capacity building of civil society organizations & youths presidents of a squatters and tin homes [Archives:2005/854/Local News]

June 27 2005

Sana'a, June 25.2005 – Country Office in Yemen today signed the grant Agreement Letters with winners from Civil Society Organizations of marginalized groups working for their own communities living in squatters and tin homes in three govern orates, Sana'a Aden and Taiz.

In its efforts in supporting civil society organization, the World Bank provides grant money each year through the small Grants Program and the Development Marketplace. This year, total Bank support is US$ 42.000, in addition to UNDP contribution of US $ 10.000 thus making the total funds available for supporting those groups at US $ 52.000.

The proposals of the four winning NGOs will mainly build the capacity and the institutional capability of the organization, strengthen partnership with local and other civil society organizations as well as enhance linkages with the municipal authority. Investing in resident youths and women will be a major instrument which will allow for equal enhance, strengthen youth's civic role through providing an enabling and encouraging work environment for innovation.

The funds will also help to raise awareness and conduct training on citizenship rights, advocacy and aim to change the traditional thinking of other members of the Yemeni society towards them.

The four winning NGOs were selected from a pool of (13) applications received from marginalized NGOs working for their own communities. Those NGOs were AL_Takaful Social Welfare Association and Al-Mistakabl Association in Taiz, Al-Waha Development & Charitable Association in Aden and the Confederation of Municipal Sanitation workers in Sana'a.