US$50 million targets marginalized and most vulnerable groups
In July, the Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF) allocated US$50 million to respond to the critical needs of the most vulnerable people in Yemen. The allocation aims to contribute towards improving living conditions, access to assistance and protection for people with disabilities, minority groups such as the Muhamasheen, female-headed households, vulnerable children, and other people with specific needs.
It will also support the scale-up of integrated lifesaving responses for people in acute need in hard-to-reach, frontline and under-served areas where the severity of needs are high, such as As Sawadiyah District in Al Bayda Governorate, Abs District in Hajjah Governorate, and Bayt Al Faqih and Hays districts in Al Hodeidah Governorate. Aid agencies receiving these funds will also scale up the provision of emergency lifesaving assistance and protection to acutely vulnerable internally displaced people, refugees, migrants and host communities who are most at risk due to recent clashes and displacements.
This is in addition to the provision of lifesustaining services and protection to improve the resilience of the most vulnerable people in acute need. Of 72 project proposals, 62 were selected for funding and the YHF team is working with partners on technical reviews of the selected projects prior to the start of the disbursement in August. Approximately $46 million (92 per cent of the allocation) will go to international and national NGOs as well as Red Crescent Societies (RCS), while $4 million (8 per cent) will go to UN agencies. Of the $46 million going to NGOs and RCS, $31 million will be provided to international NGOs, $13 million to national NGOs and $2 million to RCS. The funding allocated to national NGOs will amount to 26 per cent of the allocation, exceeding the Grand Bargain commitment on localization of aid.