Yemen needs sustainable assistance regarding local water issues


Yemen is one of the poorest countries of the Arabic world. Since the political conflicts have broken out two years ago, the humanitarian situation has continuously become worse, especially because of damaged drinking water supply and wastewater systems. Dorsch International Consultants GmbH is assigned by German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH  (GIZ) to lead a damage analysis in the areas of drinking water supply and wastewater. The GIZ works in Yemen on a sustainable improvement of the water and sanitation supply and the strengthening of water institutions.

Yemen – one of the poorest countries of the Arabic world
Yemen is a state in the Middle-East, located in the South of the Arabic peninsula. It’s around 1,5 times bigger than Germany and borders Saudi Arabia in the North, Oman in the East, the gulf of Aden and the Arabic sea in the South, and the red sea in the West. Since the breakout of political unrest, the situation of the country has worsened. Reasons are the extreme food insecurity and the breakdown of water- and sanitation provision.

Improving the situation of the population during this emergency
Yemen suffers from a water crisis, which has deteriorated even more through the ongoing conflicts. Furthermore the political unrest and the decline of the security situation since 2011 has effected the water sector negatively. In contract of the federal ministry of economic cooperation and development (BMZ), the GIZ works in Yemen in order to improve the supply through local water agencies and to strengthen the responsible authorities. They should be confronted with the position of ensuring a safe, reliable and affordable supply.

Dorsch International supports these projects with an implementation of a damage analysis.
The range of services offered by Dorsch includes:

• Rating of the condition of 12 local water agencies and their linked branches
• Development of a strategic approach for technical support and investment measures
• Preparation of capacity aid packages
• Implementation of local and international workshops
• Preparation of specific surveys for condition assessment and data collection
• Attendance and questioning of relevant agencies
• Damage assessment of the water- and wastewater infrastructure
• Validation, rating and recommendations of relevant measures
• Identification of institutional and technical requirements
• Preparation of technical specifications for needed materials
• Cost estimations and risk analysis
• Recommendation of alternative- and emergency solutions
• Coverage of recommended institutional and technical investment measures

„It is important to support the inhabitants locally,in order to guarantee a basic provision and to make a proper and sustainable water- and wastewater infrastructure possible.“, Maria Scheday, technical manager of International Cooperations at Dorsch in Munich.