Yemen has one of the most serious humanitarian crises in the world. The United Nations estimates that 20.7 million people - 76% of the population - are in need of humanitarian assistance, with over 9.8 million in need of immediate help to save or sustain life. The current cholera outbreak is the largest ever recorded in a single year and 6.8 million people are facing extreme food shortages.

The UK is working in Yemen to address these urgent humanitarian needs, ensure an effective international humanitarian response and support the United Nation’s efforts to negotiate a political solution. UK aid to Yemen is £139 million for 2017/8. We are prioritising life-saving interventions including nutrition support to 1.7 million people and clean water and sanitation for an expected 1.2 million people. This is a significant increase from previous years, and makes the UK the second-largest donor to the UN’s Yemen Appeal and the third-largest in the world.

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 programmes and what the UK spends on development in Yemen, see our Development Tracker. For detailed information on our programme and what the UK spends on development in Yemen, see the DFID Yemen operational plan 2014.

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