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Welthungerhilfe in Yemen

Cash to combat hunger

Flexible aid for civil war victims in Yemen

Yemen has been in the midst of civil war for over two years. More than 3.3 million people have already fled the armed conflict. 18.8 million people - almost 70 percent of the population – are still holding out in war zones. For them the situation is becoming increasingly disastrous.

The programme's participants are selected after consulting the local population. © ACTED
The programme's participants are selected after consulting the local population. © ACTED


Drinking water is scarce, food is running out and prices for the little available food are rising daily. 7.1 million people are facing famine. 6.8 million people are currently being provided with aid money. A particularly high number of people are starving in the regions of Saada, Al Hudaydah, Taiz, Dhale and Al Jawf. Welthungerhilfe and its Alliance2015 partner ACTED are supporting the affected people here through means of a Cash Transfer Programme. 

350,000 euros for food security

350,000 euros of emergency aid have been made available for the worst-affected areas. This money will subsidise an existing food security project. A portion of the population will also receive cash so that they can quickly and easily buy the food and goods they need the most urgently. Around 11,500 people in total receive support.

A fingerprint confirms participation in the Cash Transfer programme. © ACTED
A fingerprint confirms participation in the Cash Transfer programme. © ACTED
The advantage of cash distributions: People can buy the items they need themselves. © ACTED
The advantage of cash distributions: People can buy the items they need themselves. © ACTED
Sana'a, capital of Yemen. The country has been mired in civil war for more than two years. © Ferdinand Reus
Sana'a, capital of Yemen. The country has been mired in civil war for more than two years. © Ferdinand Reus


ACTED has already had good experiences with Cash Transfer programmes in Yemen. Cash payments, as awarded here in Yemen, are frequently more effective and sustainable than providing people with material resources: They can be made available rapidly and flexibly and the beneficiaries can cover their basic needs themselves. In this way, flexibility and freedom of choice are ensured even in emergency situations. In contrast, standardised aid packages do not always cover the needs of all affected people.

How Welthungerhilfe is helping

  • 350,000 euros is being made available for emergency aid;

  • 1,640 households in the Al Jawf and Raymah Governorates receive cash payments. A total of 11,500 people receive support;

  • Careful selection of beneficiaries;

  • Continuous support of the programme, to prevent abuse;

  • Establishment of a complaints and advice point, where beneficiaries can find help.

(Project numbers YEM 1001-17 and YEM 1002-17)

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Further reading

Global Hunger Index 2016 - Africa Edition

Is Zero Hunger achievable?

The GHI Africa Edition is based on data taken from the 2016 Global Hunger Index. IFPRI has calculated the Global Hunger Index, a multidimensional measure of global hunger, for the past eleven years.

Contact
Kerstin Bandsom

Kerstin Bandsom

0228-22 88 127