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Website National Portal
Region Asia
Sub-Region Western Asia
Income * Lower middle income
Income Value 1,270
USD, GNI per capita
Population 22,763,008
E-Government Development Index 0.2248
Rank 174 of 193
E-Participation Index 0.1356
Rank 164 of 193
* Income data refer to World Bank classification

Reaping the benefits of long-term planning

 In 2002, Yemen launched a 10-year e-government programme with a budget of USD 50 to 60 million which aimed to provide better access to services to disadvantaged groups, increasing access to telephone services, and moving to electronic financial transactions. The Internet was introduced in Yemen in 1996 and its usage increased gradually between 2000 and 2010, with a big jump in the number of Internet users from 420,000 in 2010 to 3,691,000 in 2012 representing 14.9 per cent of the total population. Despite big improvement in Yemen’s e-services, the awareness and usage among the population is still relatively low. According to a 2013 study, 29.4 per cent of the citizens were not aware of e-government services, 47.6 per cent were aware but not using them and only 22.3 per cent reported using the services. Awareness and usage is also much higher among men than women. Countries such as Yemen that have recently made a significant investment in e-government, also need to focus on providing ICT-literacy training, as well as to raise awareness of the benefits of e-services, including through social media, to ensure high adoption and maximum benefits of e-governments services. As a result of ongoing improvements, Yemen’s rank increased from 167 to 150 in the global ranking, between 2012 and 2014.


E-Government (2016 EGDI: 0.2248)
2016 Rank 174
2014 Rank 150
Change +24
E-Participation (2016 EPART: 0.1356)
2016 Rank 164
2014 Rank 117
Change +47

E-Government Development Index

EGDI Rank 2016 2014 2012 2010 2008 2005
Yemen 174 150 167 164 164 154

E-Participation Index

EPART Rank 2016 2014 2012 2010 2008 2005
Yemen 164 117 161 135 170 151

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