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Sabrina Doetjes
Sabrina Kraaijenbrink-Doetjes
Project Manager MENA region, Water & Conflict

Yemen is a water scarce country due to its limited rainfall and geographic location. Located on the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen is facing a severe water crisis. In addition to its water scarcity, instability and violence have devastated the economy in Yemen since the outbreak of war in 2015. The country is now facing one of the world’s largest humanitarian emergencies.


Yemen is a focus country of Water Support Programme. Development cooperation between the Netherlands and Yemen has existed for more than 40 years. Since the civil war broke out, the Netherlands has put its efforts on stabilising the country and preventing further state disintegration. The Netherlands shares its expertise on water resource management to tackle water (and conflict)-related issues like irrigation, clean drinking water and importance of gender inclusion. This is done by implementing and WASH and IWRM projects. Both have been designed to bridge the humanitarian and development assistance.

In cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands implemented a water resource management project in Sana’a basin by introducing new technologies and technical skills for the farmers to manage the water level in the Sana’a basin. The project will help improve water productivity in agriculture to safeguard sufficient water resources for drinking are key.

NWP organises the Water Support Programme’s Yemen Country Platform to inform the Netherlands water sector on developments in Yemen. For more information, please get in touch.

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Middle East

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