During the 2017–2018 reporting period, the Netherlands remained a partner to Yemen and focused its efforts on preventing the country from sliding further into chaos. The strategic goal was and remains to contribute to human security and social development. This approach emphasises programmes that are conflict-sensitive and have a strong focus on concrete results for the Yemeni people. Due to the ongoing conflict, the political and security situation in Yemen has further deteriorated. The Netherlands has used its position as a trusted partner to assist Yemen by focusing on:
contributing to stabilisation efforts and ending the conflict/political crisis;reaching the most vulnerable groups in Yemen and addressing reproductive health and rights for women and girls, including access to psychosocial services; enhancing accountability for violations of human rights and international humanitarian law;preventing the further collapse of government systems and the social fabric, and preventing the further deterioration of the humanitarian situation;safeguarding water resources and sanitation services.
This focus meant that the Netherlands supported activities in the policy areas of:
a) security and rule of law
b) women’s rights and gender equality
c) sexual and reproductive health and rights
d) water, sanitation and hygiene