Yemen: Humanitarian access overview (September – October 2021) – Yemen
Humanitarian partners reported 511 access incidents in September and October in 61 districts of 14 governorates in Yemen. This is a significant 49% increase from incidents reported in July-August (343), mainly due to increased movement restrictions in Yemen and delays in approving sub-agreements by Ansar Allah (AA) and the internationally recognized government. (IRG).
The continuation of hostilities led to changes in the areas of responsibility for the humanitarian response in the governorates of Marib and Shabwah and led to the temporary suspension of certain humanitarian operations. Some humanitarian partners have decided to postpone their intervention in the governorate of Marib due to the change of control and the lack of communication with the new local authorities.
Restrictions on the movement of humanitarian personnel and goods within and within Yemen continued to be the most frequently reported constraints, with a total of 267 incidents reported. The incidents mainly concerned delays and some refusals of travel permits. Blockages at checkpoints remain a big problem; especially when the displacements include Yemeni women. In fact, humanitarian partners continue to report that movements in Al Hudaydah and Hajjah governorates remained particularly difficult, where women of national staff continued to be forced to travel with a mahram (a male family member ). Access to further displacement of displaced people in southern Hudaydah has been hampered by local authorities. In areas controlled by the Government of Yemen (GoY), lengthy security inspections at checkpoints have compounded delays and difficulties in obtaining permits from various local authorities. In addition, the authorities in Sana’a and Aden continued to delay and deny the granting of visas and residence permits to international staff.
Another major constraint has been the continued interference of the authorities in Yemen in humanitarian activities.. With 227 incidents reported, the delay of project sub-agreements remained the predominant factor among all. While it is true that progress in accelerating the approvals of delayed Auxiliary Agreements (AA) with the authorities of the Government of Yemen (GoY) and Ansar Allah (AA) has been noted in recent times, humanitarian partners have continued. to work with both authorities to establish responsible and principled procedures for timely SA approvals. During the period, some humanitarian agencies reported additional guidance from the authorities when posting tenders.
At the end of October, 112 NNGO / ONGO project sub-agreements were still not implemented, in part or in full, due to pending approvals.. Standby ASs target up to 6.6 million people in need with a cumulative budget of US $ 172 million. During the reporting period, 15 SAs were reportedly approved, of which 3 by the Government of Yemen and 12 by the authorities of Ansar Allah.