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 one 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

  • Self-employment opportunity for vulnerable youth

    Mohammed participated in a UNDP initiative that re-opened ten closed bakeries in Al-Mualla neighborhood. The ten bakeries were provided with wheat, diesel and water tanks to restart their activities, selling bread at half price for a period of two weeks. The initiative helps the bakery owners to regain their customers and improve food security of the population.

  • Samiah: Caught between War and Displacement

    Samiah hopes for peace to prevail in Yemen and that the war will come to an end soon.

  • Getting more for less in Mukalla

    Ahmed Basharif, a 30-year-old fisherman from Mukalla, depends on fishing as a main source of income. Ahmed received support from the Small and Micro Enterprise Promotion Service (SMEPS) through a business resilience project funded by USAID and implemented by UNDP in partnership with Social Fund for Development (SFD) to use modern fishing techniques.

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