Water is essential for life. On 22 March, we celebrate the value of water – not just for drinking, but for sanitation, hygiene, and household activities.

In Yemen, one of the world’s most water scarce countries, rural communities suffer from limited access to clean water. In some areas, it is predicted that entire communities will become dry within a few short years.

For many rural Yemeni’s water means travelling long distances – sometimes several times a day – just to keep their families clean, fed, and hydrated. In some communities, water contaminated due to poor sanitation means fear of disease epidemics such as cholera and typhoid. While in other areas, stagnant water is a breeding ground for other deadly diseases like malaria, dengue, and chikungunya.

UNDP is committed to ensuring that every Yemeni’s basic human right to access safe, sufficient, and affordable water, and that their sanitation and hygiene is possible.

Together with our partners, UNDP works to repair and improve water systems across the country – including drinking water reservoirs, water networks, and sewage systems to prevent disease epidemics and keep the streets of Yemen safe and clean.

Water for Yemen's Youngest

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How is UNDP helping to alleviate water scarcity in Yemen?

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Project and Initiatives

Posted on June 8, 2019 7:27:00 AM

Crisis Support for Solid Waste, Water Supply and Sewage Institutions in Aden and Mukalla Cities

Project activities are expected to improve the quality of life by reducing water-related diseases; contribute to a stronger economy by increasing productivity; and, contribute to stability by allowing communities to enjoy the benefits of peace.

Goal 3 Good health and well-being Chemicals and waste management Local governance and local development Goal 2 Zero hunger ongoing-projects Projects Yemen Goal 6 Clean water and sanitation Japan Goal 17 Partnerships for the goals

Posted on April 15, 2020 7:28:00 AM

Social Protection for Community Resilience

The project is expected to improve household incomes; restore basic healthcare facilities; strengthen psycho-social assistance; and equip local authorities to plan, coordinate and monitor priority service delivery more effectively.

Goal 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure Goal 3 Good health and well-being Goal 11 Sustainable cities and communities Closed projects Projects Europe & Central Asia Yemen European Commission Sustainable development Jobs and livelihoods Goal 17 Partnerships for the goals

Posted on June 29, 2020 10:27:00 PM

Yemen Emergency Crisis Response (World Bank)

The project will support Yemeni households and communities cope with crisis, recover from negative impacts, and gain confidence in the ability of their national partners.

Goal 3 Good health and well-being Goal 1 No poverty Goal 8 Decent work and economic growth Goal 5 Gender equality ongoing-projects Goal 6 Clean water and sanitation World Bank Jobs and livelihoods Projects Crisis response Yemen Gender equality Sustainable development

Posted on June 5, 2020 7:28:00 AM

Supporting Resilient Livelihoods and Food Security in Yemen Joint Programme (ERRY II)

The project helps rural people and communities in Yemen to better cope with crises, risks and shocks.

Goal 3 Good health and well-being Goal 8 Decent work and economic growth Saudi Arabia Goal 5 Gender equality ongoing-projects Goal 6 Clean water and sanitation Goal 7 Affordable and clean energy Jobs and livelihoods United Arab Emirates Projects Donors and other countries Yemen European Commission Sweden Sustainable development Goal 17 Partnerships for the goals

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