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Responding to the crisis in Yemen

Escalating armed conflict since 2015 has dramatically worsened Yemen’s chronic poverty and fragility, creating a crisis of unprecedented magnitude in what was already the poorest country in the Arab region.

In a country of 27 million people, tens of thousands have been killed or wounded and 3 million have been forced to flee their homes, and are now internally displaced. With food supplies disrupted, hunger, stunting, and starvation are increasingly common—even as prices surge, incomes plunge or vanish, and people are forced to buy food and other necessities on credit.

UNDP’s Response

UNDP is responding in ways that promise maximum immediate impact at the community level, helping vulnerable people meet their most urgent needs while building resilience to future shocks. Working with local partners, we are improving service delivery and local governance to help Yemen to build back better and stronger than before.

We are helping people get back to work so they can become self-sufficient again, helping restore basic services such as health care, and contributing to peace-building. UNDP is also supporting UN political efforts to prepare for implementation of an eventual peace deal.

Our work includes an innovative partnership among UNDP, other UN agencies, and the World Bank to support hundreds of thousands of Yemenis—including women, youth, and internally displaced people.

Key Results 2016-2017:

  • Provided 1,016,887 people access to key services including water, education, and improved roads.
  • UNDP-supported mine risk education reached 335,031 people, including 14,153 internally displaced people.UNDP-supported mine action cleared 1,852,041 square metres of land, removing 93,117 explosive remnants of war (ERW) and destroying 70,443 ERWs
  • 15,617 people—6,349 women and 9,268 children—benefited from nutrition services
  • Created 462,741 workdays for crisis-affected people in infrastructure rehabilitation and other emergency employment programmes
  • Built or improved 516 hectares of farmland including terrace planes
  • Improved 50 km of roads
  • Employed 16,065 people from vulnerable households in cash-for-work programmes focusing on: rain water harvesting tanks, repairing of roads, rehabilitation of schools, and protection of arable land
  • Rehabilitated 294 classrooms
  • 37,169 direct beneficiaries of wage employment / safety net programs

Find more information in our factsheet on Yemen.

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