USAID Boosts Yemen Development Aid

Men work on a U.S. Agency for International Development-funded water canal project that aims to improve irrigation in Yemen. Photo by: USAID

The U.S. Agency for International Development has approved USD114 million worth of projects supporting livelihood improvement and government capacity-building efforts in Yemen.

The assistance is part of the USD121 million aid agreement that the U.S. and Yemen signed in September 2009.

Of the total assistance, USD26.5 million was given to the Research Triangle Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Counterpart International for the implementation of USAID’s Responsive Governance Project. The initiative targets policy and institutional reforms aimed at improving the capacity of the Yemeni government.

Meanwhile, an USD80 million contract was awarded to Creative Associates International and a separate consortium of organizations. The contract is for the implementation of USAID’s Community Livelihood Project.

The remaining USD7.75 million went to International Business & Technical Consultants Inc. for the monitoring and evaluation of the two projects.

“USAID’s investment is a continuation of decades of assistance to the Yemeni people,” according to a news release from the U.S. embassy in Yemen.

In late June, the U.S. announced an increase in humanitarian aid to the country. As Devex reported, the U.S. pledged to provide USD42.5 million humanitarian assistance to Yemen in 2010, or some 44 percent more than its USD29.6 million humanitarian aid to the Middle Eastern country in 2009.

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