More aid pledges for Yemen?

View of Yemen’s capital city. Donors will be convening Sept. 27 in New York for another Friends of Yemen meeting. Photo by: Khaled Abdullah / Reuters / CC BY-NC

Donors are again set to meet in New York Thursday (Sept. 27) for another Friends of Yemen meeting, where the Yemeni government hopes to secure more funding pledges to balance its budget and, perhaps, address a deteriorating humanitarian situation.

The country is “sliding into a humanitarian crisis,” according to the U.N. World Food Program, noting that more than 10 million people in the country are estimated to be in need of food assistance.

The program attributes the situation to a number of factors: high food and fuel prices, a “breakdown of social services,” political instability and internal conflict. Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi underlined the last factor in his speech Tuesday at the general debate at the 27th session of the U.N. General Assembly, where he appealed to world leaders to help the country crush pockets of terrorism.

“We reaffirm our commitment to eradicate terrorist elements,” Haid said, adding that his government is inviting “international partners in combating terrorism to provide more logistical and technical support to the security forces and counterterrorism units and expand the intelligence cooperation and coordination in this field.”

Hadi also called on donors to fully fund the United Nation’s $584 million Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan. The appeal is only 48.8 percent funded as of Sept. 26.

The country has received more than $6 billion in aid pledges at two separate donor conferences this year, both held in Saudi Arabia. It has initially put its needed amount at $11.9 billion.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.