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UNHCR Yemen Thematic Update: Cash-Based Assistance - May 2017

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Targeted cash grants for refugees; including survivors of SGBV, child protection cases and refugees with specific needs.

Multi-purpose grants to support protection outcomes for most vulnerable IDPs; including persons with specific needs and survivors of SGBV.

Targeted cash-based assistance, purposed as rental subsidy for those in displacement, or shelter repair grants for returnees.


March 2017 marked two years of conflict in Yemen, leaving 18.8 million people in need of protection and assistance across the war-torn country. On-going fighting has forced close to two million Yemenis to flee their homes, and a further one million people have returned to their places of origin and remain in critical need. Yemen is also a temporary home to close to 280,000 refugees and asylum seekers, 91 per cent of whom are from Somalia. The situation in Yemen is now the largest humanitarian crisis in the world with looming famine, lack of livelihoods, and growing protection concerns, forcing families further into poverty and having to resort to negative coping mechanisms – including survival sex, child labour, child recruitment, and begging.

Cash-based assistance allows refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to choose what is best for themselves and their families, in a dignified manner. The assistance is delivered with the support of partners on the ground. Responding to protection and shelter/NFI needs, supporting populations of concern through the distribution of cash and vouchers ensures that the donor contributions entrusted to UNHCR are used in the most effective manner possible, and most importantly, places the recipient at the centre of the decision making on their needs.

Vision for 2017

UNHCR Yemen, with the support of donors, aims to expand further on its cash-based response in 2017 to cover 77,500 families including refugees, IDPs and returnees.