UNESCO’s initiative, Cash for Work: Promoting Livelihood Opportunities for Urban Youth in Yemen has received €10 million from the European Union to improve youth opportunities and heritage restoration in Yemen.
Its main objective is to create livelihoods opportunities for youth in Yemen through urban regeneration activities, including the restoration of specific buildings and World Heritage sites in historic urban centres damaged in the ongoing conflict. It also foresees the establishment of cultural programmes targeting the reinforcement of social cohesion and peace-building and to support for civil society.
EU Head of Delegation, Antonia Calvo Puerta said, “Creating the conditions for sustainable employment and preservation of Yemeni culture is a very important element of the EU effort in this country. We are confident that this initiative will contribute to reducing the unemployment rate among youth in the Yemeni labour market, the preservation and restoration of cultural assets, skills development, and provide support to cultural industries”
The initiative comes against a background of economic hardship, extensive population displacement, and heavy damages to infrastructure and heritage due to the ongoing conflict in the country.
The project will seek to boost the resilience of poor and vulnerable groups with the objective of implementing full and equitable employment for women and men, young people and persons with disabilities. It foresees the implementation of equal pay for equal work.