The Socotra Archipelago, an island in the Arabian Sea, is a prime center of unique biodiversity. It is historically renown by its rare and spectacular plants. Only Socotra can give you a magic view of the dragon trees (locally known as blood tree), frankincense trees, desert roses…etc. that characterize its mountains and coastal landscapes. As one of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Natural World Heritage Sites in the Arab world, Socotra ranks among the top of endangered islands in the world with over 250 endemic species.  more »
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World Bank Approves US$50 Million Grant to Help Communities and Institutions in Yemen Cope with the Conflict

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today a US$50 million emergency project to support Yemeni households and communities hard hit by the ongoing crisis. The grant is part of a new World Bank Group strategy for Yemen, also endorsed today by the Board of Executive Directors, focused on enhancing Yemen’s resilience by preserving national service delivery capacity, while preparing for post conflict recovery.

Empowering and Building Capacities in four Governorates to promote Social Cohesion

Sana’a, 9 August 2016 – As part of UN joint Enhancing Rural Resilience project (ERRY) in Yemen, funded by European Union that aims to enhance the resilience and self-reliance of crisis-affected rural communities in four Governorates, two agreements between UNDP and “Partners Yemen” and “Search for Common...

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UNDP Yemen welcoming new Country Director

UNDP Yemen has the honor to welcome Mr. Auke Lootsma as the new Country Director. Mr. Lootsma started his assignment on the 3rd of August 2016, taking over from the former Country Director Ms. Mikiko Tanaka. Mr. Lootsma will oversee the day-to-day management and operations of UNDP’s work in Yemen, which...

Saada Visit
These trucks are as old as my grandmother!

The collapsed arch that marks the entrance to Sa’ada City eerily greets the visitor. All along the five-hour drive north from Yemen’s capital city, Sana’a, we see marks of war – makeshift camps for the internally displaced and craters caused by military operations.

UN launches worldwide search for exceptional young leaders to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals

  15th June 2016, UN Headquarters, New York, NY USA - The United Nations today launched a new initiative to recognize exceptional young people who are leaders in the effort to end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequalities.  Spear-headed by the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth,...

UNDP and the Government of Japan support removal of debris and rubble in Aden

Aden, 9 June 2016 – UNDP and the Government of Japan launch the support to the local authorities to remove debris and rubble from Aden City. According to satellite imagery commissioned by UNDP in 2015 and other partial surveys conducted by humanitarian and development partners across targeted cities in Yemen,...

UNDP supports improving livelihoods of rural communities & conservation of biodiversity in Socotra Archipelago

UNDP launched last week thirteen community projects to improve the livelihoods of rural communities, conserve the biodiversity of Socotra Archipelago and mitigate the impacts of Chapala and Meg cyclones that hit the island last year. The launching ceremony was attended by Socotra Governor, representatives of local council and non-government organizations (NGOs).

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Yemen Our Home and Sabafon partnering to bring relief to physically disabled and war victims in Sana’a

The UNDP Yemen Our Home initiative and Sabafon Telecommunication Company, the first GSM network operator in Yemen, have signed a contribution agreement to establish a medical mobile clinic in Sho’ub District in Sana’a Capital City. The clinic will provide medical services and improve reach to the physically disabled and war-injured.

Supporting community-oriented solutions to conflicts in Taizz and Abyan

Sana’a, 11 April 2016 - UNDP in partnership with Search for Common Ground has launched a Social Cohesion and Conflict Transformation Initiative in Ash Shamayateen and Al Ma'afer districts of Taiz Governorate and Lawdar and Mawdiah districts of Abyan Governorate. The project aims to support community-based dialogue to resolve conflicts and enhance community resilience to violence in the targeted districts.

Social business: self-employment opportunity for vulnerable youth

The war has not been a disaster from Mohammed only. Many people like him lost their jobs and their sole source of income. But he thinks his responsibilities are bigger than he can handle and the conflict has affected him more than the others.

Yemen Resilience Monitor : Communities coping with Conflict

The Integrated Assessment examines baseline and preliminary impact of the crisis on local governance, mine action, security, justice and livelihoods to identify immediate early recovery needs to build community-based resilience to ongoing and future shocks.

500 Yemeni women establish micro-businesses in dairy sector

A bazar was held on Sunday at Al-Torbah University of Taizz to support homemade dairy products developed by 500 women entrepreneurs from the districts of Ash Shamayateen, Al Ma'afer and Al-Mawasit in Taizz Governorate as part of UNDP’s Women Economic Empowerment Programme launched in August 2015 and supported by Government of Japan.

Statement for Administrator for International Women’s Day 2016

This International Women’s Day, the world stands well positioned to move forward on gender equality.

UNDP at 50: An investment in UN’s key role in development

Member State ministers debate how to translate ambitious global commitments into concrete action and results....

UNDP expands its support for solid waste removal in Sa’ada and Aden

Aden and Saada, 7 February, 2016 - UNDP in partnership with Abna’a Sa’ada Organization and Nahda Makers launched an emergency management project to restore disrupted solid waste removal service in the governorates of Sa’ada and Aden respectively. This initiative will provide employment opportunities for 250...

UNDP awards top 10 innovative business ideas from Yemeni youth to revitalize local economy

Sana’a, 24 January 2016 – UNDP, in partnership with ROWAD, has selected 10 most innovative business projects carried by young Yemeni entrepreneurs from 1,660 applications received for the second edition of its Youth Innovation and Creativity Award supported by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The “Afkar” Award is an initiative aiming at locally sourcing creative ideas, engaging Yemeni youth between age 18-30 in a constructive process to create innovative start-ups and generate jobs. This year’s award places a particular focus on solar energy, a sector which has seen its potential and significantly increase with the current ongoing crisis.

Launch of Emergency Solid Waste Management Assistance in Taizz

UNDP launched an emergency solid waste management response targeting the districts of Salh, Al Qahirah and Al Mudhaffar in Taizz Governorate. This assistance will provide emergency employment opportunity for 30 work days to 250 vulnerable youth at risk, 195 men and 55 women, and restore disrupted solid waste removal services. The intervention will also strengthen the operational capacity of the Cleanliness Fund by rehabilitating its fleet through the provision of spare parts and tools.

Alwehdah-UNDP Partnership for “Yemen Our Home” connects Yemeni Diaspora in Southeast Asia to needy communities in Yemen

The Arab Association of Singapore announced a pioneering collaboration to establish regional support for the United Nations Development Programme initiative, “Yemen Our Home”. This partnership will provide an easy platform for Yemeni Diaspora, based in Singapore and surrounding countries, to extend their support to conflict-ridden communities back in Yemen, through UNDP-led projects.

Harvesting fog in western Yemen

Manakha is a rural district in the mountains, where residents live in scattered settlements across the remote highlands. Their only natural source of water is rainfall. Water is scarce at the best of times, and with climate change making rainfall more unpredictable, that scarcity is reaching a crisis point.

Yemen Our Home, innovative online platform connects Yemeni Diaspora with local communities in need

Hundreds of youth in Sana’a, Taizz, Aden, Seyoun and Al Mukalla celebrated today the launch of Yemen Our Home, a crowdfunding platform supported by the United Nations Development Programme that links the Yemeni Diaspora with projects targeting affected communities.

Enhancing resilience and self-reliance in crisis affected Yemeni communities

14 December 2015, Amman - The European Delegation to Yemen and representatives from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) yesterday signed an EU-supported Joint Programme...

When home is no longer safe: Reporting human rights abuses in Yemen

"So close to dying”. This is how Hanan describes what happened earlier this year, when forces surrounded and stormed her home in Khur Maksar District, Aden, where she lived with her husband, 4-year-old child and niece, aged 16. Later Hanan and her family fled their home due to shelling and because of gas,...