In March 2015, there was an escalation of violent conflict in Yemen, which displaced 2.7 million people and disrupted the lives of the population.
The Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016 identified 21.2 million people in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, including over 14 million people in need of food, clean water and healthcare. The plan also referenced over 41 verified reports of human rights violations every day.
In May 2015, a system-wide level 3 (L3) response to the crisis in Yemen was activated. The Operational Peer Review (OPR) mission took place in December 2015, and coincided with the deployment of a new Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator (HC/RC).
The OPR team was led by the STAIT, with representatives from the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response, UNHCR, and WFP.
The team conducted meetings, workshops, and interviews with almost 200 people from the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), clusters, humanitarian actors, donors and national counter-parts. The team engaged with representatives in Amman, Jordan, before proceeding to Sana’a, Yemen, and also skyped with the Area HCT in Hudaydeh. They engaged with people directly affected by the crisis.
Together with the team, the HCT developed an action plan prioritizing a number of steps including:
Interview with Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Coordinator in Yemen:
The Humanitarian STAITment video series features interviews with senior leaders in the humanitarian field, in view of capturing best practices from field operations. In this video Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Coordinator in Yemen, talks about his experience of the response.