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Signature of a Grant Agreement of US$ 2 Million in support of Highly Vulnerable Internally Displaced Persons and Host Communities Project in the Republic of Yemen
A Grant Agreement was signed today in Kuwait between the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, whereby Kuwait Fund will provide a Grant in the amount of US$ 2 Million in support of Highly Vulnerable Internally Displaced Persons and Host Communities Project in the Republic of Yemen. This Grant falls within the framework of Kuwait Fund's contributions towards fulfilling the State of Kuwait commitment announced on the sidelines of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly to provide a Grant of US$ 20 Million in support of the humanitarian situation in the Republic of Yemen from the resources available in the Fund.
The Project aims at improving living conditions of internally displaced families and of their host communities and improve access to basic services for them in a number of cities in Yemen including Sana'a, Aden, Al-Hudaydah and Marib, for approximately 200 thousand people dispersed over numerous camp-like settings.
The Project consists of providing basic building materials for temporary shelters, rehabilitating and improving sites' infrastructure, which will include rehabilitation and improvement initiatives of water sources, establishment of water channels and sewage system, waste management and road repairs, and supply and installation of solar-powered street lighting in about 25 sites.
The Grant Agreement was signed on behalf of the UNHCR by Resident Representative to the State of Kuwait Mrs. Nisreen Rubaian, and on behalf of Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development by Director General Mr. Marwan A. Th. Alghanem.
This is the fifth opportunity for collaboration between the two institutions, as Kuwait Fund had previously signed four Grant Agreements with UNHCR; the first was signed in 2016 for the amount of US$ 3 Million in support of the Response Plan for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, and another two Grants in the amount of US$ 10.0 million in 2018 and US$ 2.6 million in 2020 for Improving the Living Conditions for Syrian Refugees in Kurdistan Iraq, while the last Grant Agreement was signed in 2021 in the amount of US$ 1.917 million for Improving Access to Health Services for Syrian Refugees in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.