Operational Plan 2011-2016 DFID Yemen Updated December 2014
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has experienced unprecedented change since the start of the Arab Spring in 2010. The vision of political and economic reform held out by the Arab revolutions flared briefly but was quickly followed by widespread instability and conflict, and the rise of violent extremism particularly in the Syria-Iraq neighbourhood. Several countries in MENA remain at severe risk of instability and in danger of moving into deeper crisis. The immense costs of growing instability in the region, and increased risks to the UK of further deterioration, justify upfront engagement by the UK and international partners with MENA countries, focused on dealing with ongoing crises, addressing the drivers of conflict, and tackling longerterm causes of poverty.
Yemen, the only low income country in this region, is experiencing widespread instability and conflict, as a result of a set of inter-linked political, economic and development challenges.