The ILO in Yemen

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    Yemen has been a member of the ILO since 1965 and has ratified 30 ILO Conventions, including all of the eight fundamental conventions. ILO operations in the country have continued even despite the ongoing conflict in the country. In 2015 Yemen entered into a new round of protracted conflict and, by the end of 2016, an estimated 80 percent of Yemen’s population required humanitarian assistance. Due to insecurity and border closures, livelihoods in the country have been profoundly disrupted, resulting in mass scale unemployment and the shuttering of enterprises across Yemen. Despite the protracted conflict, ILO maintains operations in Yemen in order to build peace and resilience by creating jobs and income opportunities, enhancing employability as well as strengthening institutional capacity in conflict-affected areas. More on Yemen>

With ILO Support Yemen:

  1. Skills and employability

    • Enrolled 600 youth in skills development and entrepreneurship programmes.
    • Provided 167 master craftspersons and 325 apprentices with comprehensive employment training and startup toolkits.  

  2. Employment Promotion

    • Developed the National Youth Employment Action Plan which aims to reduce youth unemployment.

  3. Child Labour

    • Established the technical secretariat of the National Steering Committee to Combat Child Labour.

  4. Enterprise Development

    • Launched 207 start-ups and created 306 jobs.

  5. Gender Equality & Non-discrimination 

    • Developed a draft New Labour Code which incorporates gender and non-discrimination was circulated for Parliament ratification by Parliament.

  6. International Labour Standards

    • Drafted a new Labour Law in line with international labour standards.

  7. Labour Migration

    • Established the Department of Yemeni Migrants Abroad at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour.


  1. Yemen damage and needs assessment: crisis impact on employment and labour market

    The objective of this rapid assessment was to assess the impact of the crisis on employment and livelihoods, with a focus on youth and the most vulnerable household members in Sana’a City, Al Hodeidah and Aden.