To be funded by Dutch government,Plans for developing Yemeni districts [Archives:2003/643/Business & Economy]

June 19 2003

A recent official report issued by the project of public works affiliate of the ministry of planning and international cooperation has stressed around 24% of Yemen's population, equals to about 6.9 million people, are living under the poverty line, while rural areas the poor proportion amounts to 83%.
The report has also mentioned that expanding the base of participation in the policy and strategy of the state for mitigating poverty is being carried out according to preparation of plans for developing the districts with participation of the society. This is the first nucleus under implementation of the ministry of planning, in cooperation with the Dutch government supported project of public works. These plans are aimed at development of the districts where their population needs are to be specified. The needs are mostly centered on social services such as education and health. And as for the infrastructure they are mainly embodied byroads, electricity, water, and sewage system in a way guaranteeing the benefit from available resources.
The proposed plans are to tackle situations in remote areas and to diagnose the reasons of poverty and possibilities of alleviating it in each district. The goal is to stabilize factors of sustainable development, improve the family and society living standards, and activate the role of various government, people, international and regional institutions in the process of construction and development as well as curbing the phenomenon of poverty.
Pursuant to specific criteria, two districts have been selected from each of the governorates of Taiz, Hadramout, Baidha', Shabwa, Haja and Jawf for the implementation of the project. Specialized field teams are to be formed to carry out campaigns of awareness among local societies and activate the movement of popular participation and contribution to preparing plans of local development of the districts.
The project would help the government create integration of efforts of the government and local institutions, concentrate efforts of projects and future funding by donor countries with the aim of putting an end to the phenomenon of poverty in Yemen.