Enhanced Rural Resilience in Yemen - Phase 2 (ERRY II)

ERRY II is the second phase of the recently completed Enhanced Rural Resilience in Yemen (ERRY) programme, funded by the European Union, and implmented by the UNDP, ILO, WFP, and FAO. The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to reduced vulnerability and strengthened resilience of crisis-affected communities in Yemen through the creation of sustainable livelihoods and improving access to basic services. The ERRY II Programe will be implmented in Yemen in six vulnerable governorates: Hajjah, Hodeidah, Lahj, Abyan, Taiz and Sana’a. The target groups will focus on the most vulnerable such as women, the unemployed, youth, the Muhamasheen, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and stressed host communities.

The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to reduced vulnerability and strengthened resilience of crisis-affected communities in Yemen through the creation of sustainable livelihoods and improving access to basic services. This objective will be achieved through the collective impact in combining the select components of ERRY II, drawing on the complementarity of the participating agencies’ comparative advantages. This assumes synergy and conceptual coherence between the different components, wherein each component on its own contributes towards the stated outcomes.

Overall Objective

The overall objective of the Programme is to contribute to reduced vulnerability and strengthened resilience of crisis-affected communities in Yemen through the creation of sustainable livelihoods and improving access to basic services.

Outcomes 

ERRY II will achieve the following outcome:
  • Crisis affected communities are better able to manage local risks and shocks for increased resilience and self-reliance.
Within its 2.5 year timeframe, the following outputs will be achieved:
  • Output 1: Community livelihoods, productive assets and food security are improved to strengthen resilience and self-reliance
  • Output 2: Vulnerable communities benefit from solar energy for sustainable livelihoods opportunities and enhanced social service delivery
  • Output 3: Communities and local authorities have enhanced capacities to respond to conflict- and gender-sensitive needs.

Main Activities for ILO contributions under ERRY II

Output 1.1 of the programme aims to ensure skills are developed and food security is improved for vulnerable farming households. As such, the ILO, in collaboration with FAO, will conduct the following activities:
  • Train rural farmers and rural famer associations on entrepreneurship skills, market information and financial literacy in selected value chains and related sectors to provide effective avenues to upgrade members’ technical and entrepreneurship skills.
  • Provide training to women engaged in rural agriculture on business development services, marketing skills, savings schemes, diversification of livelihoods based on ILO/FAO-developed GET Ahead for Women in Enterprise: Training Package and Resource Kit.
Output 1.3 of the programme aims to create sustainable livelihoods opportunities in the post-cash for work phase to support self-employment through entrepreneurship development for vulnerable households and individuals.
  • Strengthen training of the trainers and train business advisors adapting ILO’s Start and Improve Your Business (SiYB) for entrepreneurs in agricultural businesses and viable businesses identified through the local market assessments.
  • Finalize and institutionalize adapted MFB & semiliterate packages; at least five national master trainers are certified.
Output 1.4 aims to create sustainable livelihoods opportunities area in the post-Cash for Work phase to support employability through on-the-job training.
  • Develop a laddered capacity building package to link cash for work beneficiaries with sustainable economic opportunities.
  • Provide competency-based technical skills training to cash-for-work beneficiaries interested in wage employment.
  • Conduct competency-based assessment and certification of the beneficiaries.
  • Link the beneficiaries to jobs through job placement opportunities in collaboration with private sector.
  • Provide follow up mentorship training to beneficiaries.
Output 1.5 aims to ensure that private sector capacity is strengthened to contribute to emergency crisis response and job creation.
  • Develop the capacity of the private sector through training and follow up support on participatory business continuity planning at district and governorate levels based on ILO local economic recovery guidelines and global practice
  • Reinforce and promote pilot rural small-scale entrepreneurs (SSEs) supported by the Programme (milk collectors; women-headed households producing home-processed healthy traditional dairy products, women-headed households with backyard sheep/goat fattening businesses, producers of feed and fodder, coffee producers and sorghum seed producers) with productive assets and training on marketing (FAO, ILO)
Output 2.2 Women and youth play an active role in the provision of solar energy in their communities through solar microenterprises
  • Develop competency-based curricula based on the new and emerging youth- and women-friendly solar technology occupations
  • Provide vocational solar skills training to technicians (women and youth) in order for them to play an active role in the provision of solar energy in their communities through solar microenterprises

Results

Outcomes Achieved (Phase One: January 2016 - February 2019)

  • Enrolled 600 youth in skills development and entrepreneurship programmes.
  • Provided 167 master craftspersons and 325 apprentices with comprehensive employment training and startup toolkits.