Yemen Water and Sanitation Rehabilitation Project (WB-P168682)

  • Yemen
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Sep 30, 2020
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Water and Sanitation
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 75.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 75.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jun 26, 2021

Disclosed by Bank May 7, 2020

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the proposed prroject objective is to restore and rehabilitate WSS services for people in selected cities across Yemen while rebuilding basic capacity of key sector institutions to stem the decline of services. 

The project has four components:

  1. Improving WSS services (US$ 55.0 million); This is the core component of the project, given the urgency to restore access to WSS series. It will be divided into the following two sub-components:
    1. Sub-component 1.1. Restoring Access and Improving Quality to WSS Services in Urban Areas (US$ 48 million). This sub-component will focus on restoring access to safe drinking water and sanitation services in selected 4-5 urban centers throughout the country by investing in related assets (i.e. rehabilitation and reconstruction of water and sanitation networks, water treatment plants (WTPs), wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), wells, pumping stations, etc.) to improve service provision through both public and private providers.

    2. Sub-component 1.2. Emergency Support for WASH Interventions in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (US$7.0 million). This sub-component will support operation and maintenance capacity of selected LCs at key urban cities and marginalized communities to improve water, sanitary and hygiene practices by providing basic spare parts, equipment and necessary supplies for water and wastewater system (e.g. fittings, water meters, pipes, submersible pumps).

  2. Institutional Capacity Building (US$ 7.0 million). The protracted armed conflict is significantly impacting water and sanitation institutions at the national and local levels. Service provisions has deteriorated and almost stopped at the early stage of the ongoing conflict in 2015.

  3. Project Management (US$ 13 million). This component provides support to the implementing agency (UNOPS), key national and local institutions ( UWPMU, Public Work Project – PWP-, LCs, NWRA’s Branches, water research centers etc) , which will be working or contracted by UNOPS to help implement certain parts of the project’s activities as part of strengthening their institutional capacity in order to take over the implementation by end of the project.

The World Bank has classified this project as having Substantial environmental and social risks.

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World Bank:
Naif Mohammed Abu-Lohom, Iyad Rammal, Rajesh Balasubramanian
Sr Water Resources Mgmt. Spec.

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Bana Kaloti
Director, Middle East Region

Implementing Agency:
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Bana Kaloti
Director, Middle East Region 


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