Responding to the crisis in Yemen

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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.

With nearly 80 per cent of the population in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, the Yemeni crisis is the world’s greatest humanitarian and development disaster.

The situation has driven 4.3 million people (almost 15 per cent of the population) from their homes and 3.7million are still displaced. Conflict remains the main driver of hunger. Over 10million people are one step away from famine and starvation. Nearly a quarter of the entire population, 7.4 million people, are malnourished–many acutely.

UNDP assists vulnerable Yemenis to meet their most urgent needs, while also helping to restore livelihoods, strengthen resilience to future challenges, and prepare for long-term development. Engaging local capacities, systems and institutions, UNDP is assisting Yemen in building back better.UNDP’s support is framed aroundthree interlinked and mutually reinforcing pillars.

 

2019 Results

  • Over 1.5 million employment workdays created for crisis-affected people
  • Nearly 74,600 people from vulnerable households employed in cash-for-work programmes (indirectly benefiting over half million)
  • Over 1.3 million people received water, education and improved roads
  • 811 classrooms refurbished
  • 129 kilometres (approximately 230 miles) of roads improved
  • Over 13,300 hectares (approximately 10 acres) of farmland built or improved
  • Over 342,900 people now with access to solar power(including 35 schools and 101 health facilities)
  • Cleared 3 million square meters of land and over 66,000 explosive remnantsof war were cleared
  • 18 (district) and 8 (governorate) gender-responsive recovery plans created for service delivery
  • 229 mediators trained on conflict analysis, negotiation, dialogue facilitation and conflict transformation

 

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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