JEDDAH: An agreement on the “renewable energy to improve the quality of life in Yemen” project was signed on Sunday by the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen, the Arab Gulf Program for Development and the Selah Foundation for the development.
The agreement aims to implement the project in Hadramout, Taiz, Lahij, Abyan and West Coast governorates worth $2.1 million in the fields of energy, technology, environment, food security, health and education, women’s empowerment, water and sanitation, and protection and shelter.
The agreement was signed by Prince Abdul Aziz bin Talal, Chairman of AGFUND, Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, SDRPY General Supervisor and Saudi Ambassador to Yemen, and Ali Bashmakh, CEO of the Selah Foundation.
Prince Abdul Aziz applauded efforts to improve the living conditions of the Yemeni people, empower vulnerable groups and sustainably improve their quality of life.
Al-Jaber said the deal is part of an ongoing work that SDRPY is seeking to implement under the guidance of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, adding that they are working to ensure sustainability integrated efforts with effective institutions, thereby achieving sustainable development. in Yemen.
About 60,000 families are expected to benefit from the pumping of drinking water, while 210 farmers will also benefit from sustainable agricultural irrigation methods and 931 families will benefit from electricity services.
This project will also provide services to health and education institutions and mosques in several remote areas.
The agreement will promote and coordinate cooperation between the partners to implement sustainable development projects, strengthening strategic and development integration in Yemen.
The Selah Foundation for Development won the Prince Talal International Prize for Human Development in 2019, in drinking water and sanitation, which represents the sixth of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. This new project is considered an extension of this award-winning project, serving more people.
SDRPY delivered 207 development projects and initiatives across Yemen in seven key sectors: education, health, water, energy, transport, agriculture and fisheries, as well as capacity building government institutions and development projects.
Hassan Al-Attas, deputy supervisor general of SDRPY, told Arab News that to ensure the sustainability of these important projects, the program is working in cooperation with the Yemeni government, local governorate authorities and development partners.
“The program works on the study of needs on the ground; submit progress and completion reports, take note of challenges, learn lessons from the field, and know the impact and reflection of projects, programs, activities and initiatives on (our) Yemeni brothers, to find appropriate development innovations and solutions,” he added.