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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 2018 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:

  • Created over 7.1 million work days
  • Remunerated almost 290,000 people from vulnerable households for their work
  • Indirectly benefitted over two million people

Promoting self-employment and establishment of micro- and small businesses, UNDP has:

  • Funded start-up grants to nine micro-finance institutions
  • Provided training and equipment to over 7,000 small and micro-businesses

Prioritizing the restoration of basic resources and infrastructure, UNDP has:

  • Provided over 2.3 million people with access to water, education and improved roads;
  • Refurbished nearly 2,500 classrooms
  • Improved the condition of 370 kilometres (approximately 230 miles) of roads
  • Created or improved the condition of 4,000 hectares (approximately 10 acres) of farmland
  • Benefitted over 220,000 people with better nutrition

Promoting solar energy as an affordable, clean and sustainable source of energy, UNDP has:

  • Equipped over 167,000 people in 2,400 households and businesses with solar power
  • Enabled 31 schools to provide a conducive learning environment for students and teachers
  • Facilitated the safe storage of vaccines and other medicines in 55 health facilities

In coordination with the Yemen Executive Mine Action Center (YEMAC), UNDP has supported:

  • Cleared 6.4 million square metres (approximately 1,581 acres) of land
  • Removed of 120,000 explosive remnants of war and destruction of 13,230

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