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NRC in Yemen

Yemen now represents the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Ongoing conflict, economic deterioration and the collapse of public services have left 22.2 million Yemenis in need of aid and protection. NRC responds to emergency needs in Yemen by providing communities with resources, services and information that enable self-reliance and preserve dignity.


A total of


people in need received our assistance in 2017.


The dire humanitarian situation in Yemen is an entirely man-made catastrophe. 22.2 million Yemenis need some form of humanitarian or protective assistance, many due to a breakdown in existing support systems and the deterioration of all basic services.

While intense fighting across many parts of the country continues to kill civilians, damaged infrastructure, a crumbling economy and constant bureaucratic constraints continue to intensify humanitarian needs and create notable challenges for the delivery of humanitarian assistance. Restrictions at Yemen’s main ports have slowed the delivery of critical supplies and caused major price hikes on food, fuel and transport.

Compounding an already dire situation, the recent offensive on Hodeidah city has made an already-catastrophic situation much worse. While a UN-led political process is underway, fighting has continued along Yemen’s west coast causing frequent civilian deaths and the displacement of more than 350,000 people in just ten weeks, adding to the over two million who have fled their homes since March 2015.  

People we helped in Yemen in 2017:

people benefited from our education programme
people benefited from our food security programme
people benefited from our shelter programme
people benefited from our WASH programme

NRC's operation

In Yemen, we seek to buy local products and employ local labour, recognising the skills and systems that exist within the communities we support.  

Damaged infrastructure, a crumbling economy and constant bureaucratic constraints continue to intensify the crisis and make it challenging for humanitarian groups, including our organisation, to reach out to displaced people with lifesaving aid.


NRC EducationEducation

The education sector is one of the most neglected areas within Yemen’s humanitarian crisis. Displacement, attacks and misuse of schools have left more than two million children without access to education. We are committed to working with key ministries, local authorities, children and their communities to improve access to primary school for displaced children and host communities in hard-to-reach areas. We restore access to education by:

  • rehabilitating and constructing classrooms and other facilities
  • training teachers and other education staff to provide quality education
  • distributing scholastic materials to children and providing sanitary kits to girls to promote their participation
  • working with communities to keep schools safe

NRC Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)

In early 2018, in recognition of the significant gap in Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) responses in Yemen, we established programs that help Yemeni people access information, identification and legal assistance. We facilitate ICLA support to communities by:

  • informing people of their legal rights
  • assisting people in accessing critical identity documents
  • referring people for practical support with housing, land and property issues
  • establishing community-based protection networks
  • advocating for policy changes that affect peoples’ rights

NRC Livelihoods and food securityLivelihoods and food security

The cost of food has in many cases more than doubled since the beginning of Yemen’s conflict, leaving basic supplies beyond the reach of many Yemeni families. Our teams respond to emergency food needs and are working to help Yemenis move back towards self-reliance.

We support improved access to safe food by:

  • distributing food
  • providing unconditional cash transfers to families in need
  • providing start-up capital and training for youth and women entrepreneurs
  • supporting trainings on food security and agricultural production
  • providing livelihood and rehabilitation support for people to ensure sustainable income

NRC Shelter and settlementsShelter and settlements

Our shelter interventions aim at improving living conditions for conflict-affected families. We recognise that most displaced people in Yemen rely on support from extended family, friends and other community networks, and seek to ensure people can live with privacy and dignity. We invest in creating safe, appropriate living conditions by:

  • supplying basic household items including blankets, mattresses, jerry cans and kitchen utensils
  • constructing emergency temporary shelters
  • upgrading shelters for displaced people residing in existing homes
  • improving shelters to create safe space for those living in public buildings

NRC Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion

The Water and Sanitation sector in Yemen continues to face enormous challenges. The conflict is placing immense pressure on water supplies and creating a breakdown in sanitation services across both urban and rural areas. We are working with communities to ensure that water is stored and managed safely. We ensure people in Yemen can access safe water by:

  • rehabilitating water supply systems in both urban and rural settings
  • developing water supply wells for water extraction
  • trucking safe water to communities in areas with acute emergencies
  • conducting hygiene information dissemination to promote improved hygiene practices
  • improving sanitation facilities
  • constructing latrines and toilets that meet the sanitation needs of displacement-affected households

About NRC in (country)

International staff
Areas of operation
Sana’a (Country Office), Hajjah, Hodeidah, Amran, Aden, Lahj, Taiz, Al-Dhale’e
Budget 2017
USD 17.9 million
National staff


Country Director

Mohamed Abdi


+967 (1) 425447
NRC Yemen is grateful for the generous support from our donors:
  • The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA)
  • European Civil protection and Humanitarian aid Operations (ECHO)
  • The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
  • Department for International Development (DFID)
  • The European Union (EU)
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • The World Food Programme (WFP)
  • The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)