As many households relocate from rural areas into Yemeni cities, government and communities have struggled to accommodate rapid population growth. Conflict has damaged or destroyed infrastructure which, in the absence of regular investment and maintenance, has continued to deteriorate. Many are relegated to living in slums or informal settlements that are not connected to any of the basic services and are prone to become concentration of poverty and crime.
Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing and upgrading slum settlements. It also involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in a way that is both participatory and inclusive. Sustainable development can only be achieved by transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.