Social Welfare Fund (SWF)
To alleviate the negative impacts of the removal of subsidies and financially support families living in poverty by transferring cash to individuals in certain social and economic groups
Legal Framework: Law no. 31 of 1996
Note: The programme was discontinued due to the conflict and a lack of funds (including the suspension of donor funds) in 2015. The suspension has left 8–9 million people without social protection support, but the interruption of civil servants’ salary payments prevented international donors from continuing to support the financial transfers through the SWF. In May 2017 the World Bank and UNICEF launched the Yemen Emergency Crisis Response Project Second Additional Financing (AF2) using the database of SWF beneficiary households to target assistance. Information provided in this profile refers to programme design features and characteristics as they were before its disruption in 2015.