The United Kingdom has outlined its aid plans for Yemen for 2012-2015: 196 million pounds ($311.7 million) for humanitarian, rural infrastructure and social protection programs over the three-year period.
The Department for International Development unveiled the plan as some of Yemen’s top development partners gathered for a donor conference in Saudi Arabia. U.K. Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan attended the conference, which raised $6.4 billion in aid pledges.
The United Kingdom’s aid program will be spent as follows: 56 million pounds in 2012-2013, 69 million pounds in 2013-2014, and 71 million pounds in 2014-2015. The funds will be used for programs to protect women and children from chronic malnutrition, support elections in 2013 and 2014, boost small and medium enterprises’ access to finance, help create jobs, and deliver humanitarian aid and health services. Details on specific projects are outlined in the U.K. operational plan for Yemen.
The United Kingdom has initially planned — as part of its bilateral aid review in 2011 — to increase its aid to Yemen to 90 million pounds per year by 2015. This plan, however, was put on hold following the unrest in the country and evacuation of DfID staff in the same year. DfID started revisiting its program plans when Yemen entered into a phase of political transition in February 2012. The new operation plan was finalized and published in August 2012.
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