Yemen’s Humanitarian Aid Response Plan: Biometric Technology and Civilian Security


Five years of intense conflict have devastated Yemen, leaving more than 24 million people (80 percent) of the country’s population in need of humanitarian aid. In recent years, international aid efforts have focused on implementing technologically advanced aid delivery systems around the country, such as biometric aid systems. Unfortunately, many of these mechanisms compromise the integrity and security of civilians, and may further be inefficient for the Yemeni context.


This event will explore questions such as where is the funding for humanitarian aid efforts in Yemen going? What benefits have come from these efforts? What can be done, realistically, to improve the humanitarian disaster in Yemen? The discussion will attempt to establish a multifaceted approach to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, by attempting to identify a path forward in restructuring the aid system throughout the country.


The debate will gather different approaches/opinions regarding the use of technological systems in humanitarian aid and the consequences that exist for multiple actors, with a specific focus on civilian impact. Participants will engage with key stakeholders in the Yemen humanitarian aid efforts and will examine the consequences and benefits of different aid systems, noting that there is no one solution to the Yemen humanitarian aid crisis.


- Ms. Muna Luqman, Founder of Food for Humanity and Chairperson for the Women’s Solidarity Network


- Mr. Aidan O’Leary, Head of Office for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen


- Mr. Borja Miguelez, Humanitarian Aid Desk Officer for Yemen at the European Commission, DG ECHO


- Mr. Jean-Nicolas Beuze, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representative in Yemen


Moderated by Elisa Cherry, BIC Middle-East Analyst



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