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About UNDP in Yemen

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has worked directly with the government and people of Yemen for more than 50 years. 

In spite of these efforts, however, conflict initiated in 2015 has resulted in an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Nearly 80 per cent of Yemenis are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, 10 million people are on the brink of famine, and over 3 million are currently displaced and unable to return to their homes. Yemen now ranks 178th on the Human Development Index – in comparison to 153rd prior to 2015.

In light of urgent and widespread need, UNDP has established sub-offices in Aden, Hodeidah and Mukalla. Engaging local capacities, systems and institutions, UNDP is standing alongside Yemen as it builds back better.

Our objective

UNDP acknowledges the desire by the Yemeni people to live lives that are peaceful, dignified, and not dependent on foreign assistance. In addition to responding to the most urgent humanitarian needs, UNDP projects are designed to restore livelihoods, strengthen resilience to future challenges, and lay the foundation for long-term development.

Our work

UNDP supports the rebuilding of infrastructure and implementation of services to help ensure Yemenis may have access to clean water, receive adequate healthcare and go to school. Improved service delivery improves quality of life by reducing water-related diseases, increasing productivity and contributing to a stronger economy, as well as contributing to overall stability of the Yemeni people.

To strengthen economic resilience, UNDP creates income-generating opportunities that enables households to purchase basic necessities such as food and water, while also stimulating the economy. UNDP-supported training and skills development are preparing vulnerable groups for employment; microfinance institutions are being funded so that they can provide services to their client; and, the most severe crisis-affected small businesses are being relieved of their debts.

As the demand for reliable energy sources continues to grow, UNDP offers communities solar solutions for improving livelihoods and services in priority sectors, including health, water and sanitation, education and agriculture. Solar energy is a sustainable, low-cost way to improve livelihoods. It also mitigates the negative environmental impact of fuel-dependency and heavy use of wood, charcoal and kerosene which are not sustainable and may have negative health-related consequences when used indoors.

Recognizing that mines and other explosives are now found throughout Yemen – and the threat that they will pose for years to come – UNDP supports mapping and clearance of unexploded ordnance, risk awareness-raising, and socio-economic rehabilitation for explosion survivors.

Our achievements

See our latest UNDP Yemen Fast Facts here.

Engaging Yemenis across the country to participate in rebuilding infrastructure and resuming the delivery of social services, UNDP has supported partners to deliver the following impact:

Key Programme Results (January 2019 – June 2020)

  • Over 2.3 million employment workdays created for crisis-affected people
  • Nearly 102,000 from vulnerable household people employed in cash-for-work programmes (indirectly benefiting over 600,000)
  • Over 2.2 million people received water, education and improved roads
  • Nearly 1,600 classrooms refurbished
  • 191 kilometres of roads improved
  • Over 8,529 hectares (approximately 10 acres) of farmland built or improved
  • Over 342,900 people gained access to solar power (including 35 schools and 101 health facilities)
  • Cleared 4.8 million square meters of land and over 100,000 explosive remnants of war
  • Hodeidah Training Centre repaired and equipped
  • Red Sea Ports assessed
  • Procuring urgent Hodeidah Port equipment including repairing two gantry cranes

COVID-19 Related Key Results (March 2020 - Current)

  • 1.5 million Yemenis expected to be reached through COVID-19 community outreach
  • 145,000 communities in all governorates reached to raise COVID-19 awareness
  • 42,500 people received COVID-19 prevention kits
  • Over 1,600 water stations provided
  • 9 isolation units established and equipped
  • Launched 2000 SMEs for local production of COVID-19 prevention items (August 2020 expected 50,000 masks and 4,000 litres of soap a day)

36.4 Million

Population (HDR 2020)


Square Km


HDR Index (2020)


Population with multidimensional poverty (HDR 2020)


Employment Ratio (HDR 2020)


Gender Index(HDR 2020)

USD $1,594

Gross national income (GNI) per capita (HDR 2020)

66.1 Years

Life expectancy at birth (HDR 2020)


Education index (HDR 2020)

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