CEP Webinar: Is Humanitarian Aid Helping Yemen? A Study of Houthi Exploitation of International Assistance

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) invites you to a webinar on Thursday, June 20, 2024, to present a new, in-depth report on Houthi diversion of humanitarian assistance in Yemen.

Despite receiving over $20 billion in international humanitarian assistance over the past decade, the humanitarian situation in Yemen remains precarious. One reason for this protracted crisis seems to be systematic aid diversion by the Houthis on a significant scale. The Houthis have established a sophisticated structure to exploit humanitarian assistance for their own ends and prevent some of the aid from reaching those most in need in the country.

Unfortunately, they have encountered only limited pushback from organizations that are funded for the express purpose of helping Yemen’s most vulnerable. Furthermore, reporting on aid delivery by humanitarian organizations is not transparent, which complicates and frustrates efforts to counter Houthi diversion of humanitarian assistance.

What is the scale of the aid diversion problem? How do the Houthis influence the way in which aid is allocated? How can humanitarian organizations minimize the problem of Houthi aid diversion? 

CEP’s webinar and attendant report will address these issues. The webinar will be conducted in English via Zoom.

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024
Time: 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ET / 14:00 – 15:30 CET




Ari Heistein
Co-author of the CEP report 
Yemen Specialist and Defense Technology Professional

Nathaniel Rabkin
Co-author of the CEP report 


Amb. Edmund Fitton-Brown
Senior Advisor, Counter Extremism Project (CEP)


Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler
Senior Director, Counter Extremism Project (CEP)

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A-session open to all participants. 


To participate in this webinar please register via this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Dz7j3zSuRFS4hcZTy6Ph9w

Please register up to one hour before the webinar start so that your registration can be approved in time.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues with an interest in the subject.

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