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Yemen Without Conflict & ICRD commented on Solar (Em)Powered Communities Supporting Persons Experiencing Displacement in Yemen

Dear Maisara Sassi ,
We thank you for your support and your excellent questions. We do aim with this project to maximize dollars spent by integrating several modes of intervention – humanitarian aid, social cohesion, sustainable energy, and youth engagement – into a unified process.
Thank you for this question regarding risk and protection. Risk mitigation is of the utmost importance when operating in Yemen, and especially Taiz. The risks involved in this project may be divided into four types: (1) risk of material loss; (2) risk of harm to beneficiaries; (3) risk of harm to implementers; and (4) risk of deviation from the implementation plan. We can briefly address each of these.
First, regarding risk of material loss, @Ata Akil was astute in asking this question below, and we provided an initial overview of how we are approaching this risk.
The second risk, of harm to beneficiaries, is most important and multifaceted. Among others, risks of harm include physical harm, economic harm, psychosocial harm, and risks particular to gender dynamics. Regarding risks of physical harm, we will select target areas of Taiz that have remained stable and can be expected to remain stable, constantly monitoring the situation. This also means ensuring that we operate in a space of contiguous stability – meaning beneficiaries do not have to move from one area of control to another. Any changes in the situation on the ground will necessitate a shelter-in-place response, and all participants will be alerted not to move from safe locations for the purpose of project activities. But physical harm is not only present because of the conflict. We will also need to ensure safety of youth who will install solar panels, for example, by incorporating safety tests into the training process. Additionally, ICRD will work with YWC to develop a mechanism for Accountability to Affected Populations, which includes third-party engagement with targeted beneficiaries that allows for open feedback around project implementation. This will help to ensure project decisions are inclusive and not inadvertently creating dynamics that exacerbate existing tensions.
The third risk, of harm to implementers, can be mitigated in a manner similar to mitigation of the second risk, by continually monitoring the security situation and not moving for the purpose of project activities when insecurity is heightened.
The fourth risk, of deviation from the implementation plan, is inevitable in a space like Taiz. With this in mind, the project design has built-in flexibility, not pre-determining end recipients and users: The process of selecting participants and social institutions to receive solar will entail a heavy engagement from communities and potential beneficiaries. This grassroots process necessarily means variability, but is important for ensuring that the intervention is responsive to local needs.
Regarding your excellent question about scale, we can provide preliminary estimates. Imagining a budget of $160,000 that can be directly put into implementation (i.e., excluding organizational costs), we estimate the following:
-80 youth (40 Neighbors and 40 PEIDs) can be trained on electrical trade skills and solar installation
-160 individuals (80 Neighbors and 80 PEIDs) can participate in ~8 community dialogues
-4 solar installations of 15-20 kWp can be built to benefit 4 social-service providers
-Depending on the social service providers (selected through community dialogues), we expect thenumber of indirect beneficiaries benefiting from increased social-service production to be hundreds of PEIDs and Neighbors.

Thank you,
Yemen Without Conflict & ICRD

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Yemen Without Conflict & ICRD commented on OmniVis Mobile Cholera Testing Platform

Hello Lynne Cheng ,

With cholera and access to clean water being a major issue in Yemen, we are excited by this effort to increase safe access to water. Can you clarify your plan for rollout of the product and who will have an opportunity to use OmniVis?

Additionally, YWC is happy to facilitate any contacts in Taiz that may be helpful for implementation.

Yemen Without Conflict & ICRD

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Yemen Without Conflict & ICRD commented on Solar (Em)Powered Communities Supporting Persons Experiencing Displacement in Yemen

Hello Katherine Clayton ,

Thank you for your encouraging thoughts. We are passionate about our work in Taiz, and we are tremendously appreciative of all the support and feedback we have receive thus far!