USAID provides educational opportunities for children in rural Yemen
Young volunteers clean up a beach in Aden as part of USAID-supported activities for International Volunteer Day.
USAID Assistant Administrator Rudman, USAID Administrator Shah, and U.S. Ambassador Feierstein meet with Abyan Governor Al Aqel in Zinjibar, Yemen, ten days after the governorate was retaken from Al Qaeda by the Yemeni military (photo: AP)
School girls in Yemen wave the national flag following USAID’s efforts to help return children to classes following the 2011 uprising.
Beginning in January 2011, citizens participating in peaceful demonstrations in Yemen’s cities expressed frustration at widespread corruption, unresponsive government, and the lack of economic opportunity. In response, they were successful in advocating for a transfer of power which began a political transition that would address widely held grievances. Two years later, after the initiation of an orderly political transition process, Yemen’s new coalition government continues to grapple with the longstanding challenges of creating jobs for the rapidly growing population, providing reliable electricity to population centers and improving delivery of health and education services across the country.
To help address the underlying causes of instability in Yemen, USAID focuses on improving service delivery through the health, education and water sectors; supporting economic livelihoods. In addition, USAID is assisting in growth through infrastructure rehabilitation, agricultural productivity and entrepreneurship; enhancing representative government by promoting inclusive decision-making and government engagement with civil society; providing youth with meaningful civic, social and economic opportunities; and providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations.
Last updated: March 01, 2013