Responding to the crisis in Yemen

Workers clearing waste and debris as part of UNDP Yemen's Emergency Employment work. Credit: UNDP Yemen

Since 2015, escalating armed conflict 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 of the 24 million 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.
The conflict remains the main driver of hunger. About 3.3 million people have fled their homes because of the conflict, including over 600,000 in 2018 alone. As the displaced flock to places unable to support them, they leave their families, homes and jobs behind.

UNDP works to ensure maximum and immediate impact at the community-level, assisting vulnerable Yemenis in meeting their most urgent needs while preparing them for potential future shocks. Working with local partners, we aim to help Yemen build back better and stronger than before.


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)
• Over 2.3 million people received water, education and improved roads
• Nearly 2,500 classrooms refurbished
• 370 kilometres (approximately 230 miles) of roads improved
• Over 4,000 hectares (approximately 10 acres) 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)
• Cleared 6.4 million square metres (approximately 1,581 acres) of land; Removed 120,000 explosive remnants of war and destroyed 13,230


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