Joint Statement on Yemen Humanitarian Situation and Funding Gap

Joint Statement

on Yemen Humanitarian

Situation and Funding Gap


Already exhausted by more than eight years of war, over 21.6 million people, 75 percent of the Yemeni population, are grappling with humanitarian needs.[1] The people of Yemen need and want to look into the future and move away from humanitarian assistance towards self-reliance and rebuilding their country. Yemen stands at the historic opportunity for a shift towards lasting peace. The humanitarian community is committed to supporting this shift. 


Today, we are still faced with 17 million people who are food insecure. This includes 6.1 million[2] people in the emergency phase under the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), which signifies extreme food shortages and acute malnutrition, especially affecting women and children, with a risk of hunger-related deaths.[3] Yemen faces critical water shortages for both agricultural production and human use[4]. Nearly 15.4 million people require access to safe water and sanitation to avoid being at risk of cholera and other deadly diseases. Overcrowded living conditions in camps, low immunization rates, and inaccessibility to many children, have seen an increase in measles and rubella cases. Yemen’s health system continues to crumble under the pressure to meet increasing needs with little or no resources, resulting in an estimated 20.3 million people lacking access to healthcare. Across the country, one woman dies every two hours during pregnancy or childbirth, while 6 of 10 births occur without a skilled birth attendant.[5]  Mine clearance must be highly prioritized, as Yemen remains one of the world’s most contaminated countries with explosive remnants of war (ERW) leading to death and maiming, particularly children.  


At least 17.7 million people require protection assistance and services.[6] Women and girls, in particular, face increased risks of violence and exploitation while trying to access basic services due to distant, challenging journeys. More than 9 million children are at risk and need protection and essential services.[7] Nearly one in four Yemenis, or over 5.5 million people, suffer from mental health disorders, mainly as a result of living for years in conflict, and require medical intervention.[8] Tens of thousands of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers travelling on one of the world’s most hazardous routes between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East are exposed to many dangers, including violence, being caught in the conflict frontline, trafficking, and detainment. An estimated 209,000 migrants and more than 71,000 refugees and asylum seekers remain in dire need of humanitarian assistance throughout the country, particularly children who are extremely vulnerable to severe dangers.


Despite the magnitude of these humanitarian needs, the decreasing funding trends continue to worry the humanitarian community in Yemen, with a huge funding gap, steadily rising over the past 5 years, further compounding the situation. By August 2023, the Humanitarian Response Plan has seen only 31.2 percent of the USD 4.34 billion needed in funding[9], resulting in drastic and concerning cuts to aid, impacting the most vulnerable in Yemen. Among these, the recently announced global funding cuts by WFP will lead to a suspension of malnutrition prevention interventions in Yemen from end of September, affecting 2.4 million people.[10] Funding cuts are leaving millions of already vulnerable people exposed to circulating disease outbreaks, hunger, and limited access to health care, as support to health facilities in the most vulnerable areas is also reducing. After 2019, when humanitarian funding was at 87 percent, the funding coverage repeatedly fell well short of needs, eventually amounting to barely over 50 percent in 2022.[11]


In 2022, 43 percent of Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF) reached local organizations and while this percentage is a promising increase within this funding mechanism, it has amounted to $32.2 million. This represents a very low percentage of overall funding for Yemen. Concerning levels of funding in 2023 will also negatively impact the thriving and active civil society space and their ability to operate. Increasing quality funding for Yemeni civil society organizations, including women-led organizations, will ensure improved outreach to communities and a positive step towards honoring commitments to localization.


The country’s economy has also been ravaged. The continued challenges over fuel, weak and contradictory currencies and fiscal policies, and ongoing inflation are impacting the ability of the population to afford essential goods and services, pushing them to resort to irreversible negative coping strategies. The international community must, alongside humanitarian assistance, support Yemen by investing in an economic financial package aimed to stabilize local currencies, support and enable commercial import of commodities into the country, and support solutions towards a mechanism to pay civil servant salaries.


Furthermore, with the hope of peace, there is strong momentum to invest in durable solutions to displacement. This is positive as the international community must work to support Yemenis to find alternatives to displacement as soon as safe, dignified, and sustainable options become available. Hhumanitarian and development response plans designed to find pathways towards durable solutions to displacement must be informed by the views and preferences of displaced persons, especially in a context where conflict is ongoing. To fully do so, unhindered access is required to all communities to identify their needs and intentions. We hope the forthcoming 2023 Internal Displacement Solutions Fund (IDSF)[12] will priorities Yemen. This, in time, will also alleviate dependence on humanitarian assistance.


Humanitarian partners continue to deliver aid to an average of 9 million people each month. Between January and July 2023, over 13.6 million people were reached with food assistance, over 4.7 million people were provided with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, over 2.6 million people received healthcare assistance and over 3 million people received nutritional support.


As international and national actors within the humanitarian and development communities in Yemen, we acknowledge the generosity of the donor community in supporting the response over the years and urge donor Member States to urgently consider:


·        Upscaling of quality and flexible humanitarian funding, in line with the 2023 Humanitarian Response Plan so that UN, INGOs, and particularly to Yemeni civil society organisations, including those supporting women and girls, are empowered to meet needs and to avoid a regression of gains made towards strengthening the resilience of the people of Yemen and support them to regain self-reliance. Yemen’s humanitarian response requires an expanded and more diversified number of donors.

·        Ensuring equity of funding across sectors, including those that have traditionally seen underfunding, such as health, education, and protection, mindful that humanitarian support in these sectors has a determining role in longer-term recovery and the country’s future.

·        Ensuring humanitarian funding is made available as early as possible in the year and continued at regular intervals across the year to enable uninterrupted service delivery.

·        Working closely with the undersigned towards collectively increasing coherence between humanitarian and development aid, within a space that supports and encourages inclusive peace efforts. Upscaling of development funding must be a priority, while at the same time not undermining humanitarian funding to address ongoing needs.


As Maya, 10, a landmine survivor, said, “Children and the young generation of today will have a bright future, if the resources are made available. But the leadership must come from the world. My message is to help the children of Yemen live in peace.”




UN Agencies

1.      Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

2.      International Organization for Migration (IOM)

3.      The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

4.      UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Yemen

5.      UN Population Fund (UNFPA)

6.      The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

7.      World Health Organization (WHO)

International non-governmental organizations

1.      Acted

2.      Action Contre la Faim (ACF)

3.      Action For Humanity International

4.      ADRA

5.      CARE

6.      CIVIC

7.      Danish Refugee Council

8.      Direct Aid

9.      DORCAS

10.   Geneva Call

11.   Give Directly

12.   Global Communities

13.   Humanitarian Aid & Development Organization

14.   Humanity & Inclusion – Handicap International

15.   International Medical Corps (IMC)

16.   The International Rescue Committee


18.   Islamic Relief Yemen

19.   Marie stopes International Yemen (MSIY)

20.   Medecins du Monde (MdM)

21.   Med Global (MG)

22.   Mercy Corps

23.   Muslim Hands

24.   Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

25.   OXFAM

26.   Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH)

27.   People in Need

28.   Save the Children

29.   War Child Canada (WCC)

30.   War Child UK (WCUK)

31.   ZOA

Yemeni civil society organizations

1.      Abs Development Organization for Woman & Child (ADO)

2.      Al Amal Development Association – Shabwa

3.      All Girls Foundation for Development

4.      Al Maroof Association for Humanitarian Development

5.      Al Shafaqa Foundation for Kidney Failure and Cancer Care

6.      Angela for Development and Humanitarian Response

7.      Arab Human Rights Foundation

8.      Association Trend of Human Development Mahweet Governorate

9.      The Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of the Disabled in Al-Muftah District

10.   Atar Foundation for Social Development

11.   Basma Foundation for Child and Woman Development

12.   Benevolence Coalition for Humanitarian Relief

13.   Best Future Foundation 

14.   The Coalition of Humanitarian Relief (CHR)

15.   Democracy School

16.   Enqath Foundation For Development (EFD)

17.   Enjaz Foundation for Development

18.   Fanar Aden Foundation for Human Work

19.   Food Save Association

20.   For All Foundation for Development (FAF)

21.   Future Makers Association

22.   Generations Without Qat Organization (GWQ)

23.   Hemmat Shabab Foundation for Development

24.   Humanitarian Work Library

25.   I Am For My Country Foundation

26.   I’m Rural Woman Organization for Community Development

27.   Special Need Association Jameiat Al Iatijat Liltanmiat Al Ansania

28.   Kayan foundation for Peace and Development

29.   Khadija Foundation for Development

30.   Knoz Yemen for Humanitarian Development

31.   Life Smile Foundation

32.   Make Hope for Development and Relief

33.   Mysarah Foundation for Development

34.   Nabd Development and Evolution Organization (NDEO)

35.   Nasaem Foundation for Development

36.   National Foundation for Development and Humanitarian Response (NFDHR)

37.   Neda’a Foundation for Development

38.   New Life for Solidarity and Development

39.   Pioneers Foundation for Development and Rights – Lahj

40.   Protection and Rehabilitation Center for Women and Girls

41.   Qudrah Organization for Sustainable Development

42.   Rawabi Al-Nahdah Developmental Foundation

43.   Relief and Development Peer Foundation (RDP)

44.   Red Crescent Division Abs

45.   Rifa’a Organization for Community and Human Development

46.   School Feeding and Humanitarian Relief Project

47.   Social Development Hodeidah Girls Foundation

48.   Socotra Foundation for Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Relief

49.   Socotra Women’s Foundation for Response and Development

50.   Steps Foundation for Civil Development (STEPS)

51.   Sufra Al Amal Association for the People with Special Needs

52.   Tamdeen Youth Foundation

53.   Tomorrow Foundation for Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Relief

54.   Weaam Empowerment Foundation

55.   White Hands Association for Women’s Development 

56.   Yemen Center for Human Rights Studies (YCHRS-Aden)

57.   Yemen Family Care Association (YFCA)

58.   Yemen Karam Organization (YEKO)

59.   Youth Leadership Development Foundation (YLDF)

60.   Yemen Peace School Organization







[3] .World Food Programme, Yemen Emergency,


[10] WFP Yemen Situation Report, June 2023,