Yemen Secures US Aid for Governance, Livelihood

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded USD114 million in three implementation agreements and contracts to help improve livelihood and governance in Yemen. The package forms part of the U.S.’s USD121 million assistance program for Yemen signed in September 2009 as part of the assistance agreement with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation.

Some 26.5 million was awarded to Counterpart International, the Research Triangle Institute and National Democratic Institute for the implementation of USAID’s governance project in the African nation, which supports the Yemeni government’s policy and institutional reforms, and capacity-building initiatives.

Meanwhile, the Creative Associates International, and a consortium including Civic Democratic Initiatives Support Foundation, Yemen Partners for Democratic Change and Yemen Education for Employment were awarded USD80 million to execute USAID’s livelihood project that aims to increase Yemenis’ access to basic services. It is also expected to expand citizen participation and prospects for economic development in targeted communities.

The remaining USD7.75 million was awarded to International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. to monitor and evaluate the impact of the overall assistance package.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.