Paving the road for safer access in Alkhaisheen-Lahj

Funded by the World Bank, UNDP has partnered with the Public Works Project (PWP) under the Emergency Crisis Response Project (ECRP) to rehabilitate community infrastructure and assets to benefit crisis-affected communities from temporary income through labor intensive activities.

‘Our Home cannot be the Battleground!’ – Women-led initiative to prevent violence

During the Advanced Training of Trainers on conflict resolution and mediation jointly conducted by UNDP Yemen and Partners Yemen in Lahj governorate, Nusiaba from Tuban district in Lahj Governorate shared her unforgettable experience of violence prevention back in April 2015. Since then, Nusiaba has actively...

Families of Alaqamah starting their own businesses

Killed and displaced of their homes, families of Alaqamah, Mawza’a district, Ta’iz, have borne the brunt of the conflict reached to their village since early 2016. The conflict caused residents of Alaqamah to flee to neighboring areas without any shelter and protection. It is estimated that the rate of employment...

Conflict Scans
Enhancing Social Cohesion and Resilience through Insider Mediators in Al-Hodeidah

In partnership with Search for Common Ground and during the period 22 December 2016 - 9 January 2017, two conflict scans have been conducted in the districts of Zabeed and Bait Al-Faqeeh in Al-Hodeidah. The objective of the conflict scans is to identify the main local-level conflict issues, and identify conflict...

Supporting Internal Displaced Persons in war-torn areas in Yemen

Since the failure of political dialogue process in September 2014 followed by an intensive military conflicts in number of governorates including Aden, triggered a comprehensive civil war in March 2015, which was sequentially followed by the launching of the military operations by the Arab Force Coalition that further...

Promoting economic self-reliance of women in war-torn Yemen

In the conflict-affected district of Craiter in Aden City, 160 women between the ages of 18 to 50 completed a UNDP emergency employment programme generating a total of 10,560 work-days. Between July and November 2016, UNDP selected women most in need. The final beneficiaries participated to clear debris and solid waste from streets, schools and public institutions in Craiter, an area that witnessed heavy fighting during 2015.

Lahj ToT
Empowering Local Communities in Lahj to Manage Conflicts and Promote Social Cohesion

UNDP in partnership with Partners Yemen launched on Saturday October 22nd a six-day Advanced Training of Trainers in Sana'a, to develop the capacities of 13 experts from Lahj Governorate, 30 % of whom are women, in dialogue facilitation and design situation and conflict analysis.

Building Capacity of Local NGOs to Respond to Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis and Improve Service Delivery in Conflict Affected Communities: Training of Trainers (TOT)

Funded by United Nations Peace Building Fund (UNPBF) and in cooperation with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Humanitarian Forum Yemen (YHF) has concluded Training of Trainers (TOT) course on Humanitarian Competencies, Conflict Resolution, and Early Recovery to build the capacity of local Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)

Socotra's Information Center: Biodiversity Conservation and Sharing Benefits

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...

WB Group
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...

Auke Lootsma
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).

UNDP & Sabafon
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.

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 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.

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.