The conflict in Yemen has forced millions of people to flee their homes, and left communities facing poverty and hunger. Access to energy – low even before the fighting began – has been badly affected.
But the United Nations Development Programme has helped people in three off-grid communities set up solar microgrids, serving local homes or businesses. After initial training from UNDP and its partners, local people pooled cash grants from the organisation to buy the microgrid equipment and establish businesses selling energy to their neighbours. They were supported on the ground by UNDP’s implementing partners – Care International and Sustainable Development Foundation.