The World Bank has a long history in Yemen, managing a broad range of projects in a variety of sectors. Some selected results include:
Basic Education Development Project: The project funded the construction of new classrooms and rehabilitation of existing classrooms in 10 governorates, contributing to an 11.3% increase in student enrollment in those governorates between 2005 and 2010. The project supported about 5,000 Parents’ Councils, the recruiting and training of about 500 female teachers for work in rural areas, and the provision of conditional cash transfers to benefit about 35,000 girls. Criteria for cash transfers include family income and girls’ school attendance and performance. Overall, girls’ enrollment increased by 17.5% and the Gender Parity Index improved from 0.7 to 0.77 in the 10 governorates targeted by the project.
Social Fund for Development: The World Bank has provided grant funding and lending for job creation and income generation: 7.2 million employment days have been created, and the number of direct beneficiaries has reached 2.5 million (of which 1.5 million are female) with 1.5 million indirect beneficiaries, of which 0.8 million are female. Under the Community and Local Development program, classrooms were built or rehabilitated benefiting 77,401 boys and 55,479 girls, and 30,263 households have benefited from improved water resources. The program also built or improved 303 rural roads.
Public Works Project: Through this effort, over 3,900 sub-projects in the education, health, roads, agriculture, vocational training, social security, water and sanitation sectors have been delivered to over 14.7 million poor people. In addition, more than 74 months of job opportunities have been created, including work for 1,900 local contractors and 1,250 local consultants.
Rural Access Project: As a result of the World Bank’s involvement in this sector, over 400,000 people have gained reliable year-round access to centers of economic activity and public services.
Health and Population Project: The Bank supported two polio immunization campaigns for children under five. The US$1.75 million campaigns have vaccinated 4.3 million children in 21 governorates. The Bank has also supported routine, integrated outreach sessions to provide immunization, mother and child health, and nutrition and disease control services, as well as health education to communities with no access to fixed medical facilities.
Schistosomiasis Control: Through this project, 9.6 million people have been treated against a urinary and intestinal parasite, also known as bilharzia, of which 5.4 million were school-aged children.
Last Updated: Sep 30, 2014