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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.

Currently, nearly 80 per cent - 24 million - of the Yemenis are in need of assistance and protection. In a country with over 2,000 kilometers of coastline, two-thirds of the 333 districts are in a state of pre-famine. Out of 20 million Yemenis who have insufficient food, 9.6 million are on the brink of famine. 240,000 are barely surviving starvation. 

UNDP’s Response

UNDP works to ensure 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:

  • Skills training and grants focused on vulnerable groups help Yemenis improve their livelihoods.
  • Cash-for-work activities provide income to purchase basic necessities, and improve access to key services such as health, education and water.
  • Solar energy solutions improve public service delivery in priority sectors such as health, education, WaSH, agriculture, markets and employment.
  • Infrastructure development helps Yemenis gain access to critical services and enables children to go to school.
  • Mine removal and farmland clearing promotes stability, security and safety.

2018 Results

(as of 31 December 2018)
 
  • Over 7.1 million employment work days created for crisis-affected people
  • Nearly 290,000 people from vulnerable households employed in cash-for-work programmes (indirectly benefiting over two million)
  • Nearly 2,500 classrooms refurbished
  • 370 kilometers (approximately 230 miles) of roads improved
  • Over 4,000 hectares of farmland built or improved
  • Over 220,000 people benefited from nutrition services (nearly 114,000 women | over 88,000 children)
  • Over 167,000 people now have access to solar power (including 31 schools and 55 health facilities)
  • 120,000 explosive remnants of war removed, and 6.4 million square meters of land cleared

Find more information in our factsheet on Yemen.

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