Responding to the crisis in Yemen
As the conflict in Yemen enters a second year, UNOCHA reports that over 82 percent of the Yemeni population, 21.2 million people, are in need of humanitarian assistance. In a country already struggling with widespread poverty, the conflict is compounding difficulties in meeting basic needs such as food, water, healthcare and shelter.
- 82 percent of the Yemeni people are in need of humanitarian assistance, lacking access to basic needs like food and shelter.
- With food prices soaring, 50 percent are facing severe food insecurity and malnutrition.
- UNDP works with local and international partners to build resilience in Yemen by supporting communities and key institutions.
- The Yemen Resilience Programme aims to restore livelihoods, social cohesion and security and pave the way toward sustainable recovery.
Since fighting escalated in March 2015, more than 6,200 people have been killed, including more than 3,200 civilians. Some 2.7 million people have been forced to flee their homes. This includes 2.5 million who are internally displaced within the country's borders and tens of thousands who have sought refuge in neighbouring Somalia and Djibouti.
Yemen's public services have collapsed, and the price of basics such as food, fuel, and cooking gas have soared. Having lost their sources of income, many Yemeni families are unable to afford food or fuel. Half are facing severe food insecurity and malnutrition.
Before the war, Yemen ranked 154 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index and had the highest levels of poverty, unemployment and illiteracy in the Arab States region. The protracted conflict is rolling back progress on human development, widening gender disparities and undermining the rule of law and access to justice.
UNDP's Response: Yemen Resilience Programme
UNDP is working with local and international partners to build resilience in Yemen by supporting communities and key institutions to lay the foundation for recovery and state-building.
The objective of the Yemen Resilience Programme (2016-2018) is to restore livelihoods, social cohesion and security and pave the way for stabilization and sustainable recovery in Yemen. The programme currently focuses its activities in six governorates (Abyan, Aden, Hajjah, Sa'ada, Sana'a, Taizz).
In addition to the long-term Yemen Resilience Programme, UNDP has been present in Yemen since the onset of the conflict, providing early recovery interventions that complement the humanitarian response of other UN agencies and partners.
- Strengthen community-based structures and systems, restore and expand access to basic and social services
- Increase opportunities for livelihoods and self-reliance through emergency employment, recovery and development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and social business with a focus on the most vulnerable populations (youth, women)
- Enhance community security, informal justice mechanisms, community-based dialogue and social cohesion
- Clear mines and unexploded ordnance, prioritizing essential social infrastructure, residential areas and agricultural lands
UNDP’s development approach focuses on building resilience and ensuring that communities not only recover from the crisis, but also improve the longer-term development prospects needed to move toward a lasting peace.
UNDP's Cash for Work programme to generate income and restore basic services in crisis-affected communities.more
170 youth in Hajjah learn to restore basic services to crisis-affected Yemenis through installation of solar water pumps and other items to address power shortages. more
Satellite images released by UNDP show the recent destruction of homes and businesses as a result of the ongoing fighting in Yemen.more
Yemen is facing an unprecedented political, humanitarian and development crisis. The objective of the Yemen Resilience Programme, a two-year initiative to be implemented between 2016-2018, is to provide Yemenis the foundation for long-term peace, development and a new social compact to emerge from the ongoing crisis.
This report presents the findings of a rapid assessment into the impacts of the violent conflict on businesses in Yemen.
During the month of July 2015, Disaster Waste Recovery and UNDP conducted an emergency waste assessment in six governorates to investigate the impact of the current crisis on the waste management cycle and identify possible entry points for immediate intervention.
- 21 Mar 2016:Helen Clark: Speech at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development (DIHAD) Conference
- 24 Nov 2015:Helen Clark: Speech on “Youth as Partners for Change in the Implementation of Agenda 2030”
- 16 Nov 2015:Yemen conflict paralyzes economic activity, puts women businesses at risk