Five years of civil war have taken a huge toll on Yemen and have severely set back the country’s development. Human development indicators have sharply deteriorated. The international SDG development goals for 2030 have become unattainable for Yemen, even if a peace agreement were to be concluded in 2020. The ongoing conflict has further deteriorated the political and security situation in Yemen.
As a long-standing and solid co-operation partner of Yemen, the Netherlands has focused on preventing Yemen from slipping into further chaos and decline. The Netherlands’ strategic commitment remains to contribute to peace building, security and stability and social development. In so doing, the Netherlands does not shy away from conflict-sensitive themes such as women's rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights. The Netherlands’ efforts are strongly focused on achieving concrete results that improve the population's prospects. A conflict-sensitive approach is applied throughout the entire co-operation programme.
During the reporting period, the Netherlands made an effort to:
Contribute to stabilisation efforts, strengthen security and the rule of law and end conflict
Reach out to the most vulnerable groups in Yemen, promoting the reproductive health and rights of girls and women, and including the availability of psychosocial care for the victims of the conflict
Promote accountability for International Humanitarian Law and human rights violations
Prevent further disintegration of state systems and social structures as well as further deterioration of the humanitarian situation
Secure safe drinking water and sanitation
This focus means that in the reporting period the Netherlands supported activities within the following result areas.
Security and the rule of law
Sexual and reproductive health and rights
Drinking water, sanitation and hygiene