Join us for a presentation by FCDO Development Director, Chris Bold, as he shares insights on UK’s development support priorities for Yemen and how these align to the UK government’s International Development Strategy.
We are delighted to announce a series of sessions with FCDO Development Directors who will share more in-depth insights and understanding of their respective countries’ development priorities. This follows on from the recently published International Development Strategy, which sets the direction for all of the UK government’s development work and aims to draw on expertise from the private sector, civil society and academia to advise and challenge on implementation.
Join us as we host Chris Bold, the Development Director in Yemen for the FCDO who will present the Government’s development priorities and programming for Yemen.
Yemen has been the poorest country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for a long time and is in the midst of one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Entangled in conflict since early 2015, this violence has devastated its economy, leading to severe food insecurity and destroying critical infrastructure.
According to FCDO Development Tracker, Yemen’s economy has shrunk. Yemen’s economy has contracted sharply from an already low base. Economic and social projections beyond 2021 are highly uncertain. A gradual recovery of global oil prices with increasing national production and export capacity, would help ease the strain on public finances in the government-controlled areas.
Yemen has a population of 33.7 million, and is projected to surpass 50 million people in 2055. This rapid population growth could exhaust what little resources Yemen has. Yemen is challenged with widespread poverty, unemployment, and a diminishing supply of oil resources and water.
Yemen faces on-going challenges across a broad range of issues including health, disaster relief, large-scale famine, agriculture, education, infrastructure, water and sanitation.