Sweden contributes US$12.1 million to UNICEF’s integrated child protection response in Yemen
Sana’a, 27 September 2022 – The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has contributed SEK125 million (about US$12.1 million) to support UNICEF’s integrated child protection activities in Yemen until December 2025. This funding will allow UNICEF to strengthen child protection systems in the country, to ensure children, adolescents and women and men at risk access protection services, and that vulnerable boys and girls can take advantage of learning opportunities.
“As a consequence of the war and poverty in Yemen, children face limited access to humanitarian assistance, and exposure to child labor, early marriage and recruitment”, said Head of SIDA’s Regional Development Cooperation in the MENA region Maria Selin. “This contribution will enable UNICEF to strengthen child protection services throughout Yemen. It will also contribute to making schools a safer and more protective environment for children”, she added.
“Vulnerable children and their families are the most affected by the conflict in Yemen which is well into its eighth year”, said UNICEF Representative to Yemen Philippe Duamelle. “We are grateful to Sweden for its generous and sustained support for children in Yemen. This new funding will allow UNICEF to continue providing a much-needed child protection assistance in Yemen”.
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/yemen.