Enhanced Security and Protection at the Local Level in Yemen

Coverage 178 Districts in 9 Governorates in the North and South
Target Groups Individuals, communities and institutions
Estimated Beneficiaries 2,440,000 people
Focus Area Social Protection, Access to Justice
Partners Percent Yemen, Public Works Project (PWP), Penal Reform International, Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESGY), UNICEF, UN Women
Project Manager Dr. Davide Dolcezza

Project Summary

Armed conflict has weakened the social networks that ordinarily help maintain peaceful relation-ships within the families and communities of Yemen. Since March 2015, Yemeni health facilities have documented 8,757 conflict-related deaths and over 50,610 injuries. A range of human rights violations have been documented – affecting women and children in particular – with begging, child labour and forced marriage reportedly increased.

The Enhanced Security and Protection at the Local Level in Yemen project intervenes at several levels. At the individual level, the project provides legal support to disadvantaged people, including marginalised people and prison detainees. At the community level, it helps people and communities identify the issues and challenges that are most important to them, and plan and cooperate with legal institutions. At the institutional level, the project assists local authorities to improve local justice and policing services while also preparing for the quick deployment of community police in the event of a peace agreement.

Project activities are anticipated to result in communities and vulnerable community members who are safer, more secure and better protected, as well as – following a peace agreement – preparedness to train and redeploy police.


The project is designed to realize four outcomes:

  1. Local communities in urban settings are better able to cope with to insecurity and injustice.
  2. Improved community policing approaches provide better protection to communities.
  3. Justice sector actors are stronger and more reliable in delivering services.
  4. Detainees are stronger and better protected.


  • A committee has been established to provide legal aid services for children in conflict that has managed 60 cases (51 boys and 9 girls).
  • Prison conditions in Sana’a and Aden have improved, benefiting 200 detainees and including 40 with disabilities.
  • Two (2) public consultations have been conducted in Aden to assess the accessibility and effectiveness of courts.
  • Assessments of rule of law and police were conducted in eight (8) cities (Sana’a, Ibb, Ha-dramowt, Hodeidah Aden, Lahj, Shabwa and Tai’z) and within five (5) prisons (Sana’a, Aden, Ibb, Lahj, Dhamar) to establish baselines and identify areas requiring the most intensive support.



Project start date:

September 2017

Estimated end date:

August 2020

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Yemen

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Government Of Netherlands
  • Us International Narcotics and law enforcement Affairs
  • Peacebuilding Support Office
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2020 $97,913

    2019 $2,308,088

    2018 $469,017

    Download related documents

    UNDP Around the world

    You are at UNDP Yemen 
    Go to UNDP Global