Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations visits cash-for-work activities and supports response effectiveness
The Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Assistant Administrator of UNDP and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States, Mr. Murad Wahba, and the accompanying delegation visited sites of two SFD operation projects targeting the displaced persons and the unemployed in Sana'a City. The visting team was briefed on details of both interventions and spoke with the beneficiaries about their situation, their satisfaction with such cash-for-work based projects, their benefit from the project and how project design suited female workers.
The workers met the visitors and expressed their happiness to have been registered in the projects labor force confirming their preference of the cash-for-work approach in light of their humanitarian crisis and that the labor wages helped them respond to the most important needs of their families, such as paying their housing rents, purchasing baby milk, basic food, medicines and meeting the basic requirements for their children's education. Members of the delegation also heard from the SFD officials about the measures the SFD has taken to enable women to work in appropriate components.
Meantime, the SFD management held a meeting with Mr. Wahba and his team members and listened to a presentation on the SFD's emergency activities and its varying and sustainable outcomes that respond to the country's emergency building on the SFD's two-decade experience in working with the community and partners. The meeting discussed aspects of cooperation and partnership between both institutions and means of enhancing them in order to contribute to responding to the highest needs of vulnerable groups affected by the conflict. The meeting confirmed on the need to exchange experiences and to develop a joint policy paper with aim to enhance the effectiveness of the SFD emergency response to the humanitarian crisis impact in Yemen.