Yemen - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #9, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017

Report
from US Agency for International Development
Published on 26 Apr 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

  • International donors participate in high-level pledging event for Yemen crisis on April 25

  • USG agencies commit an additional $94 million in humanitarian funding for the Yemen response

  • UN officials warn parties to conflict against launching a military offensive in the vicinity of Al Hudaydah Port, noting humanitarian concerns

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • On April 25, the UN and the governments of Sweden and Switzerland hosted a high-level pledging event in Geneva, Switzerland, to mobilize funding in support of the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Yemen. The HRP requests $2.1 billion to provide humanitarian assistance for an estimated 12 million people in the country. The event also advocated for increased humanitarian access to deliver emergency relief supplies and meet the acute needs of conflict-affected communities in Yemen, as well as for a political solution for the crisis.

  • During the event, international donors pledged nearly $1.1 billion toward critical response operations in Yemen. The U.S. Government (USG) announced approximately $94 million in additional funding for humanitarian activities, including emergency food assistance, health care, livelihood support, and nutrition and protection assistance. In total, the USG has contributed nearly $526 million for the Yemen humanitarian response in FY 2016 and to date in FY 2017.

  • Amid reports of a potential military attack on or near Al Houthi-controlled Al Hudaydah Port, UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has urged parties to the conflict in Yemen to refrain from conducting military operations near the port, which is an essential point of entry for commercial and humanitarian supplies into Yemen. The UN-led Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) in Yemen similarly raised this point in early April, calling on the parties to ensure the continued functioning of Al Hudaydah Port, which processes an estimated 70–80 percent of Yemen’s food and other critical imports. Both UN Special Envoy Ahmed and the HCT in Yemen stated that no viable substitutes for the port exist in terms of location and infrastructure.