Yemen

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March 2021
Al Sowayda IDP hosting site in Marib received more than 558 displaced families who fled their previous sites due to the recent fighting bringing the total residents in the site to 1,713 families. © Shelter Cluster/Abdullah Mjladan.

 Highlights

  • Fighting between the warring parties raged in several conflict frontlines, displacing at least 3,442 families in Marib, 390 Hajjah, and 1,916 Taizz. In response to the new displacements, 1,900 families in Marib, 286 Hajjah, and 600 Taizz have been reached with Shelter/NFI assistance within #72hoursresponse.

  • COVID19 and economic deterioration compound existing humanitarian needs and particularly worsen the living conditions for the most vulnerable communities in Yemen.

  • During the first quarter of 2021, Shelter Cluster assisted 153,955 people.

  • A contingency plan is under development.

  • The Shelter Cluster is developing a catalog of forms.

  • The Cluster Coordination Performance Monitoring (CCPM) has been finalized.

  • Funding shortage remains a major challenge in the Shelter/NFI response.

NFI

Shelter

Coverage against targets

Need analysis

  • Fighting between the warring parties raged in several conflict frontlines, displacing at least 3,442 families in Marib, 390 Hajjah, and 1,916 Taizz since the beginning of the year. These offensives have threatened to worsen the already severe humanitarian crisis in Yemen and to put pressure on existing limited response capacities. As hostilities continue, civilian lives continue to be at risk, with Marib Governorate already hosting about a million internally displaced people, including in some 125 IDP sites, the largest IDP population in the country, who have fled offensives elsewhere. Particular concern remains for the safety of IDP families residing in sites with close proximity to combat areas.
  • With the surge of infection and death cases in the second wave of the COVID19 pandemic, the local authorities of Yemen declared a nationwide health emergency. The Yemeni authorities reinforced the prevention measures and introduced partial curfew in some locations to reduce the transmission of the virus. COVID19 and economic deterioration compound existing humanitarian needs and particularly worsen the living conditions for the most vulnerable communities in Yemen. Humanitarian actors continue to apply strict COVID-related protocol during the implementation of humanitarian programs, including Shelter/NFI distributions.

Response

  • During the first quarter of 2021, Shelter Cluster assisted 153,955 IDPs, returnees, and vulnerable host community members, which is limited due to low funding during the first quarter.
  • In response to the new displacements, 1,900 families in Marib, 286 Hajjah, and 600 Taizz have been reached with Shelter/NFI assistance within #72hoursresponse  especially when resources are immediately available.
  • contingency plan is under development to ensure preparedness and support the response plan's decision-making.
  • The Shelter Cluster is developing a catalog of forms, including for needs assessments and monitoring, which will help harmonize tools and practices in consultation with partners and relevant authorities.
  • The Cluster Coordination Performance Monitoring (CCPM) has been finalized. The survey findings were discussed with partners at a cluster meeting, and an action plan has been developed to improve the Cluster's performance.

Gaps / challenges

  • Funding shortage remains a major challenge in the Shelter/NFI response besides the access constraints in some hard to reach locations, HLP issues, fuel crisis, and delays by authorities in granting project clearances.