Our work on Yemen addresses the urgent humanitarian needs and support an effective international humanitarian response and reduce conflict.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is now one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. The United Nations estimates that more than 80% of the population (21.2 million) are in need of humanitarian aid.

We are working in Yemen to address the urgent humanitarian needs and support an effective international humanitarian response. We have more than doubled our humanitarian funding to Yemen over the last year, committing £85 million (USD$120 million, 26 billion Yemeni Rial) and making the UK the 4th largest donor to the humanitarian crisis. We are providing vital medical supplies, water, food and nutrition, and emergency shelter to those most in need and have so far supported more than 1.3 million Yemenis.

We also aim to reduce conflict and support a return to political negotiations; and build resilience and protect key institutions to help lay the foundation for post-conflict recovery.

Even before the current crisis Yemen was the poorest country in the Middle East, and faces a range of deep-seated development challenges including high levels of poverty, food insecurity, high population growth, a weak economy and poor service provision.

DFID funds many organisations who are working to end poverty through open competition. Find out more about how our funding schemes work and the application processes.

For detailed information on our programme and what the UK spends on development in Yemen, see the DFID Yemen operational plan. See also our Development Tracker to explore international development projects funded by the UK government by country and sector.

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