Washington, June 30, 2022 — The World Bank has approved an additional $100 million for the second phase of the Yemen Emergency Electricity Access Project, which aims to improve access to electricity in areas rural and peri-urban areas of Yemen and to plan the restoration of the country’s electricity sector. This new funding builds on activities supported by a US$50 million parent project, which began in 2018.
The grant from the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, the International Development Association (IDA), will provide 3.5 million people, of whom approximately 48% (1,680,000) are women and girls, new or improved electricity services. It will also provide around 700 utility facilities and 100 schools with new or improved electricity services, helping Yemenis have better access to essential services. The project will be implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in collaboration with local stakeholders.
Yemen’s rural and peri-urban electricity sector has not been spared the ravages of war. The few rural and peri-urban areas that were supplied with electricity by the grid before the start of the conflict in 2015 have seen their infrastructure destroyed or cannot obtain electricity because the main grid produces too little.
Without electricity, health facilities have not been able to operate after sunset, nor store medicines, nor operate medical equipment; water wells were unable to pump clean drinking water, which contributed to the outbreak of waterborne diseases; and educational institutions are struggling to function. Even in cities where critical electrical infrastructure remains intact, assets often sit idle due to fuel shortages. All of these factors contribute to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, which disproportionately affects Yemen’s poorest and most vulnerable rural and peri-urban residents.
The World Bank has helped develop solar power solutions for schools, health facilities and drinking water facilities and encouraged the development of a private sector-driven market for off-grid renewable electricity generation. network.
“By electrifying public health centers and schools, the project will help preserve and develop Yemen’s greatest asset: its human capital,” said Tania Meyer, World Bank Country Manager for Yemen. “Through the project, innovative small businesses will be able to access solar systems, which will encourage job creation and economic recovery.”
The World Bank’s IDA-supported program has reached $2.8 billion in grants to Yemen since 2016. The World Bank has provided the technical expertise to design projects and guide their implementation by building stronger partnerships strong with a number of United Nations agencies, including the United Nations World Health Development Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and UNOPS, all of whom have field work capability in Yemen.
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Ebrahim Al Harazi