ACTED has been present in Yemen since 2012 with a coordination office in Sanaa, and five operational offices in Ibb, Sa’ada, Al Dhalee, Al Hudaydah and Aden. The NGO intervenes in seven governorates of the country (Al Dhale’e, Al Hudaydah, Al Jawf, Ibb, Raymah, Sa’ada and Taizz), riddled by conflict since 2015. The charity provides emergency response, as well as deliver rehabilitation and development projects with WASH, shelter, food security and agriculture programming, camp coordination and camp management, economic recovery and market systems, cash and voucher programming.

After the start of the conflict, ACTED shifted strongly towards emergency programming, while remaining committed to longer-term livelihood and development strategies. The teams pursue programming in response to emergencies while building disaster resilience, co-constructing effective governance, and promoting inclusive and sustainable growth. Using a multi-sector approach, ACTED aims to comprehensively meet the needs of the most vulnerable displaced and host communities.

Mission context

After four years of conflict, the situation of the population in Yemen keeps worsening every day. Close to 21 million people, out of a total population of 26.8 million, namely 80% of the population, are in need of support following one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

Yet the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the affected areas remains extremely complex as a result of ongoing military strikes, ground fighting and the commercial blockade. Even before the conflict, Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, was already 80-90% dependent on imports to meet the food, medicine and fuel needs of its population. Prior to the conflict, the country was already facing serious difficulties in accessing sufficient and quality water and food, decent housing conditions, basic services and health care. This dependence is both exacerbated and compromised by the conflict and the resulting import restrictions and inflation.

ACTED in Yemen

Since 2015, ACTED has been responding to the urgent needs of displaced and host communities in governorates with high levels of humanitarian needs and significant operational constraints. ACTED remains mobilized to ensure the delivery of essential goods to the conflict-affected areas, while working on more development-oriented projects.

Currently, ACTED is supporting access to water, hygiene and sanitation, shelter, non-food items and food through cash transfers; providing winterization, shelter and non-food item support; and rehabilitating collective shelters and health facilities.

While access to water is already limited in this desert country, the situation is significantly exacerbated by the fighting, destroying or damaging water sources, and the rise of water prices coupled with compromised delivery of clean water due to fuel shortages. Displacements of populations fleeing insecurity and the lack of water and food put a further strain on access to water. In terms of emergency response, ACTED is a prominent actor in water, hygiene and sanitation response, and continues its work to restore basic hygiene and sanitation conditions to limit the spread of the cholera epidemic that has been raging since late 2016 by providing cholera prevention and response at both community and household level.

ACTED also implements agricultural and livestock inputs distributions to improve food security and enable livelihoods restoration, and help tackle the unprecedented food crisis currently affecting close to 70% of the population throughout the country. Moreover, ACTED works to address malnutrition across and food insecurity through food voucher distributions and the provision of nutrition trainings.

Additionally, and in line with its global approach to humanitarian response, ACTED has coupled its emergency assistance with development-oriented projects, by creating and training local water user associations, coffee producers associations and agricultural cooperatives to support longer-term livelihood strategies.

ACTED remains mobilized to inform the humanitarian response in Yemen, and to raise awareness among the international community to a still forgotten crisis despite the crucial needs facing the Yemeni populations after four years of a war that does not seem to have an end in sight, while funds remain below the needs.


Current projects

Rapid Response Mechanism

Multi-sectoral integrated assistance for IDPs households in collective sites and emergency affected population in Ibb and Taizz governorates

Rebuilding governance in Yemen

Food Security Intervention

Humanitarian response in Yemen

A multi -sector approach to provide emergency assistance

A multi-sector approach to provide emergency assistance in Yemen

Yemen Emergency Food Assistance

Support for food security in Sa’dah

Comprehensive emergency water, sanitation, hygiene and unconditional cash assistance for vulnerable conflict affected households

Cholera response: Integrated water, sanitation and hygiene assistance in three governorates

Support to humanitarian information management and analysis

Emergency Response in Yemen

Multisector Humanitarian Response Programme

Emergency response in Yemen

Addressing the underlying causes of food insecurity and malnutrition through a coordinated food security package in Raymah

Integrated shelter assistance for vulnerable households

Emergency support to internally displaced persons in Ibb and Taiz governates

From Mountain to Market – Supporting coffee producer’s associations and water usage associations to strengthen the coffee value chain

Information-Driven Food security, Early recovery, WASH and Shelter for Conflict Affected Populations

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