The World Bank’s Board of Directors has approved a US$50 million grant to help the government of Yemen to improve access to basic services for the local communities.
The grant will increase the school enrollment, especially for girls, improve access to water, boost agricultural productivity and incomes, provide better public health services and promote mobility through rural road improvements.
The additional funds are destined for the Community and Local Development Programme (CLDP), a core component of the Social Fund for Development Phase IV Project (SFD IV) covering the years 2011 to 2016. While expanding access to basic services, the programme also empowers local communities by putting them in charge of identifying infrastructure projects that address their specific needs. A pipeline of 563 CLDP sub-projects has been prepared, 70 percent of which were selected through community demand.