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Paths to Recovery in Yemen: Prospects and Priorities for Reconciliation, Reconstruction and Sustainable Development


Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian and development crisis. Nearly seven years of conflict and economic decline — compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic — have driven the country to the brink of famine, displaced millions and directly or indirectly killed nearly 380,000 people. Negotiated cease-fires have failed repeatedly, and sustainable recovery remains elusive. Meanwhile, the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) recent report “Assessing the Impact of War in Yemen: Pathways for Recovery” projects that, should the conflict continue through 2030, 1.3 million people will die as a result.

However, the report also examines the most effective recovery pathways for Yemen once a peace deal is achieved and found that an integrated approach that empowers women, makes investments in agriculture and leverages the private sector could end extreme poverty in Yemen within a single generation. With such disparate forecasts, Yemen’s future still hangs in the balance — only making it more imperative to ensure that a meaningful and sustainable peace process can take root in the country.

Join USIP and UNDP for a discussion on how this timely UNDP report can serve as a guide for Yemen and the international community as they work to bring an end to the conflict and create sustainable development strategies in Yemen. The conversation will explore the report’s conclusions, Yemen’s ongoing conflict dynamics, the war’s impact on reconstruction and development and prospects for building peace.




Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am EST
Where: Online Event


Mike Yaffe, opening remarks
Vice President, Middle East and North Africa Center, U.S. Institute of Peace

Khalida Bouzar, opening remarks 
UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and UNDP Director of the Regional Bureau for the Arab States 

Jonathan D. Moyer 
Assistant Professor and Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures, Josef Kobel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Ambassador Barbara Bodine
Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University 

Jeehan Abdul Ghaffar 
Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, World Bank Group 

Abdulrahman Al-Eryani 
Economic Development Specialist; Former Principal Economic Officer, Embassy of the Republic of Yemen to the United States

Auke Lootsma
Resident Representative, Yemen, United Nations Development Programme

Sarhang Hamasaeed, moderator
Director, Middle East Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace