The ILO in Yemen

  1. A young Yemeni man and woman work on solar panel installation in the Lahj governorate of Yemen. ILO Yemen has supported more than 330 vulnerable youth and women to improve their employability skills in solar panel installation and maintenance over the course of ERRY project.

    About the ILO in Yemen

    Since 2014, Yemen has suffered from violent conflict and political instability, which have given rise to the world’s most severe humanitarian crisis, thereby adding pressure on the country’s mounting challenges, including frail institutions and insufficient public services. The crisis in Yemen was further exacerbated in 2016 by the cholera outbreak and again in 2020 with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The livelihoods of Yemenis have been profoundly disrupted, resulting in mass-scale unemployment and the closure of enterprises across Yemen. As such, ILO’s interventions in the country have been focusing on building resilience and enhancing the livelihoods of the most vulnerable persons and communities, through the creation of short- and long-term sustainable employment, building the capacity of national institutions and access to basic services and decent work.


  1. ILO Support in Yemen

    The ILO in Yemen has worked on building peace and resilience by creating jobs and income opportunities, enhancing employability as well as strengthening institutional capacity in conflict-affected areas.

    The ILO’s work in Yemen centres around three priority areas:

    • Promoting employment and private sector development.
    • Reducing vulnerability and strengthening the resilience of communities through the creation of sustainable livelihoods and access to basic services.
    • Strengthening labour governance and international labour standards. 


  1. Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Damage Assessment: Yemen

    As part of the ILO’s response to urgent needs in Yemen, this assessment measured the extent of damage incurred by those small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) most affected by the ongoing conflict in Sana’a City and its suburbs.