Karte Jemen

Since 1969 GIZ has implemented a large number of projects and programmes in Yemen on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In 1983 we opened our own office in Sana’a.

Yemen, which is one of the world’s least developed countries, is facing numerous environmental, social and political challenges on its road to development.

These include in particular its poor education system and a low literacy rate, a lack of access to health care and extreme water shortages. The country’s mushrooming population, with a growth rate of about three per cent, is further aggravating the difficult economic and social situation.

Almost sixty per cent of the population live below the poverty line, some thirty per cent of them in absolute poverty. The private sector is developing slowly and unemployment is high. Women suffer systematic disadvantages in their economic and social development. Girls are frequently married at a very early age and gender-based violence is widespread.

The incomplete development of state structures is responsible for endemic corruption and the limited democratic legitimacy enjoyed by the state. The resulting conflicts potentially engender violence and obstruct efforts to stabilise the humanitarian situation in the country.

Against this backdrop, GIZ’s work in Yemen focuses on the development priority areas of water and basic education. We are also involved in sustainable economic development, vocational training, food security, biodiversity, good governance and health.

Cross-sectoral issues include gender equality, conflict management, and strengthening civil society participation and political participation, always taking account of the humanitarian situation and the overarching goal of reducing poverty.

Projects and Programmes

Office contact

GIZ Office Yemen
Country Director
Frank Flasche

Office address
GIZ Office Yemen
Phone: +967 1 414 110/ 111
Fax: +967 1 412 539

Postal Address
GIZ Office Yemen

Project data