Yemen CERF-funded response in 2015-2017

Dita Anggraeni


Before the current conflict escalated in mid-March 2015, Yemen faced enormous levels of humanitarian needs stemming from years of poverty, under-development, environmental decline, intermittent conflict, and weak rule of law. Nearly two years of war have exacerbated these chronic vulnerabilities, leaving 18.8 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. More than 7 million people do not know when they will eat again and more than 8 million people have acute shortages of water and sanitation. The country is at the brink of famine.


Over the past two years, CERF has allocated $84.2 million for people most affected by the conflict. When the situation deteriorated in 2015, CERF allocated $44 million to enable rapid scale up of life-saving aid. As the humanitarian needs further increased in 2016, CERF bridged a crucial gap by providing $15 million to sustain critical activities, including assistance to people affected by the cholera outbreak.