USAID program in Yemen [Archives:2003/645/Local News]

June 26 2003

SANA'A_ The USAID Office resumed it activity in May 2003. Since then it has continued its long long partnership with Yemen that began in 1960.
The USAID program activities will include:
Basic education and literacy, population and reproductive health, maternal and child health, agriculture trade, new businesses and job development and support for democratic institutions
These program activities will be focused in Amran, al-Jawf, Shabwa, Sada'a; and Marib governorates.
USAID will also work closely with key Ministeries at the national, governorate and district levels as they implement the government of
Yemen's decentralization policy.
In addition, USAID will continue its. support scholarships for Yemeni students to study at universities abroad.
The USAID program is only one part of the United States governments' total economic development assistance to Yemen that also includes other development resources in addition to the USAID funds. The total level of United states economic development assistance to Yemen this Year, including the USAID funds, will be on the order of $ 20 million dollar US.
The goal of the USAID program in Yemen is to support the partnership between the government of Yemen and the government of the United States to improve security in the region by working together to improve the life of the Yemeni people.
The USAID program in Yemen is oriented towards the future and USAID looks forward to a growing partnership with the government of Yemen.
USAID office reopens
During 2003, the USAID intends to continue and expand its health and education activities to serve a greater number of communities in Yemen. Resources may also be used to fund program monitors.
This emphasizes the importance that the US government accords to development as a necessary companion to security measures.
Starting in the 1960s, USAID realized numerous development programs in Yemen such as, road building, water projects, building of schools, agricultural research and mineral surveys, NGO development, legislative and judicial reform, university scholarships and health training.
Yemen's economic and political development is essential for achieving the key U.S. goal of stability in the Gulf region. Threatened by multiple and severe development challenges, Yemen requires targeted interventions and reforms in order to achieve political and economic stability. Yemen is critical to U.S. counterterrorism interests in the post-September 11th environment, and the United States will work with the Government of Yemen to deal with terrorists on Yemeni soil and to deter terrorists from seeking refuge in or transiting through Yemen.
Despite the success that the government of Yemen is achieving with its stabilization program, major economic and development challenges remain. The Republic of Yemen is among the 25 poorest and least developed countries in the world.