Norway to increase support for humanitarian response in Yemen

‘More than two-thirds of Yemen’s population are dependent on humanitarian aid. Today, Norway announced that it will provide NOK 250 million to support the humanitarian response in Yemen,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt.

At the High-Level Pledging Event on the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, Norway announced that it would provide NOK 250 million for humanitarian efforts in Yemen in 2023, an increase from last year’s allocation. The funding will be channelled through the UN, the Norwegian Refugee Council, the Red Cross, Save the Children Norway and other organisations working in Yemen. The funding from Norway will be used to strengthen protection of civilians, provide health services and support efforts to reduce the risks posed by landmines.

‘The conflict has brought great suffering to the people of Yemen. Norway supports the UN-led peace process and calls on all parties to the conflict in Yemen to respect humanitarian law and human rights,’ said Ms Huitfeldt.

The crisis in Yemen is one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises and has triggered one of the largest humanitarian operations worldwide. The scale of need is enormous. According to estimates from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 21.6 million out of a total population of over 30 million will be in need of humanitarian assistance in 2023. A large proportion of the population does not have access to health care and other public services. More than 80 % of the population have inadequate access to food and potable water.

The NOK 250 million in support includes funding channelled through the Norwegian humanitarian organisations with which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has strategic cooperation agreements.