OCHA - Support to the Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF) 2023-2024

The Yemen Humanitarian Fund provides a principled, flexible, timely, and coordinated response towards meeting the most critical and acute needs identified in the Humanitarian Response Plan through the provision of funding for international and national NGOs and UN entities. Switzerland’s multi-year contribution strengthens this instrument more generally and specifically supports its aims to prioritize the hard-to-reach areas, anticipatory action and increased localization of the response.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Emergency rehabilitation
Water sanitation
Forced displacement (refugees, IDP, human trafficking)
01.01.2023 - 31.12.2024
CHF  8’200’000
Background After eight years of conflict, the humanitarian situation in Yemen is one of the worst globally and and has deteriorated since the resumption of armed conflict in 2015. 21.6 million people (two-third of Yemen's population) are now in need of some form of humanitarian assistance or protection; out of these, 40 percent are children. The environment for humanitarian interventions is challenging with complex and manifold and access constraints. The 2023 YHRP requires USD 4.3 billion to reach 21.6 million people in need, out of which 17.3 million will be targeted. The underfunded humanitarian response in 2022 has led to programmatic cuts in multiple sectors. It was 55 per cent funded, with US$2.33 billion received out of the required $4.27 billion.
Objectives Timely, coordinated and principled assistance is provided to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity.
Target groups Yemenis in need of humanitarian assistance, notably conflict-affected populations, internally displaced persons (IDPs), host communities, and returning IDPs, possibly refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants.
Medium-term outcomes

The YHF aims to:

  • Support life-saving and life-sustaining activities while filling critical funding gaps.
  • Promote needs-based assistance in accordance with humanitarian principles.
  • Strengthen coordination and leadership through the HC and by leveraging the cluster system.
  • Improve relevance and coherence of humanitarian response by funding HRP priorities.
  • Improve Humanitarian Access: maintaining and expanding humanitarian access by funding critical interventions in hard-to-reach and front-lines areas by partnering with NGOs.
  • Enhance complementarity with other funding streams and the Central Emergency Respond Fund (CERF)
  • Allocate Pilot Anticipatory Action (AA) plan for foods in two predicted governorates based on consultations with the clusters, collaboration with OCHA headquarters and the Centre for data analytics and available information and lessons learned on the seasonal floods in Yemen.

Expected results:  

In line with the YHRP objectives, the YHF will prioritise area-based aproaches, integrated multicluster response, and intervention in hard-to-reach areas to ensure that the most critical needs are met. In 2023, the YHF will focus on the following two strategic priorities:

(i) Responding to the most critical acute needs as identified in the YHRP and

(ii) Enabling life-saving interventions in hard-to-reach areas.

Results from previous phases:  

In 2022, 25 donors contributed a total of USD 101 million to the YHF, making it the fourth largest country-based pooled fund (CBPF) in the world.

In 2022, The YHF allocated USD 77.5 million (including USD 36.6 million from the reserve) to 105 projects with 54 partners in 138 districts of Yemen across all sectors of need through one standard and three reserve allocations. 43% of the funds went directly to national implementing organizations, an increase of more than 21% compared to the previous year.

Over 4.99 million people (cumulatively) were supported through humanitarian assistance funded by the YHF in 2022.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Coordination with other projects and actors Synergies exist with bilateral WASH and Protection contributions to INGOs and the UN.
SDC has committed to localizing the humanitarian response through direct funding Yemeni NGOs.
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    8’200’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    8’200’000
Project phases Phase 15 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2024   (Current phase) Phase 10 01.01.2018 - 30.06.2019   (Completed) Phase 9 15.06.2017 - 14.06.2018   (Completed) Phase 6 01.11.2015 - 31.10.2016   (Completed) Phase 5 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed) Phase 4 01.10.2014 - 30.06.2015   (Completed)