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Two years of political uncertainty and a troubling security situation have taken their toll on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Yemen. But IFC teams have stayed in the country despite the unrest, helping to show that improved corporate governan
IFC works with a Yemeni microfinance institution to promote growth.
n the sparsely populated desert highlands of Yemen, Sheik Ayidh Asdan is working to bring opportunity to...
IFC investment, advisory, and environmental and social specialists gathered in Egypt.....
Ahmed Al Sayed, a poor farmer from a village in the Sumara Mountains outside Sana'a, Yemen, was terrified when his son Mohammad was born with a heart defect.

Contact Information

Raymond Joseph Conway
Country Officer
Haddah, St. No. 40 (off Damascus Road)
P.O. Box 18152
Sana’a, Yemen
+967 1 413 708
+967 1 431 376

IFC in Yemen


Our Strategy

Yemen is seeking to build new sources of income to replace dwindling oil reserves, but whose private sector is still at a very early stage of development. The Yemeni government is actively working to address these challenges and bring about change.



Currently, IFC investment portfolio stands at $85 million.


Advisory Services

IFC Advisory Services in Yemen is financed out of a three-year program supported by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and implemented in collaboration with Yemen’s government and the private sector. The program helps remove obstacles faced by the private sector. We have:

  • Helped Al Amal Microfinance Bank grow its portfolio significantly. Our advisory services helped the bank strengthen its technical capacity focusing on product development and finance;
  • Trained 5,100 people in Yemen, 41 percent of whom were women, and improved their business skills using Business Edge, IFC’s management training product;
  • Helped usher in is a new set of laws aimed at improving the country's business climate by making the system more accessible; and
  • Mobilized private investment in the infrastructure sector.

We’ve also launched several region-wide initiatives expected to address long-term challenges. They include:

  • The Middle East and North Africa SME Facility, which is expected to channel $550 million and a host of advisory services to smaller businesses over the next five years;
  • The Arab Financing Facility for Infrastructure (AFFI) in partnership with the World Bank and the Islamic Development Bank to provide access to long-tenor financing for infrastructure projects;
  • The e4e Initiative for Arab Youth, which aims to create private education programs tailored to the needs of the job market; and
  • The MENA Fund, which will help to boost investor confidence and support capital markets in the region.

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