The World Bank estimates that Yemen’s economic output has decreased by about 50 per cent since 2015. Reduced oil and gas production have caused national revenues to drop, leaving government unable to provide basic services, such as education, health, water and sanitation. Hyper-inflation has increased the cost of food and fuel by 150 and 200 per cent, respectively; this, coupled with high unemployment rates, have made survival extremely difficult for most Yemenis.  More than half of the population live on less than USD 1.90 per day and nearly 80 per cent require humanitarian assistance and protection.   

The SDGs are a commitment to “finish what we started” and end poverty in all forms for all people by 2030. This demands giving particular attention to the most vulnerable, increasing access to basic resources and services, and supporting communities as they recover from the effects of conflict and climate-related disasters.

Goals in action

  • Bashir: From bankruptcy to success

    Bashir Naji is one example of a previously vulnerable person who lost his living to the ongoing conflicts. The 30-year-old father heads a family of four – a wife and three young daughters – that depended mainly on his work as a clothing sidewalk vendor in the city of Aden.

  • Searching for a Place to Call Home

    Amna’s situation has improved dramatically since joining the cash-for-work project that is being implemented by the Social Fund for Development (SFD) in partnership with UNDP.

  • Supporting farmers recovering from conflict

    After three years of the last round of conflict in Sa’ada, the economic recovery remains fragile. Agriculture, which represents 90 per cent of Sa’ada economy and employs 80 per cent of the workforce, struggle with numerous challenges mainly the major depletion of water resources and the high cost of inputs especially fuel, seeds and fertilizer.

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