The Yemen Data Project is an independent data collection project aimed at collecting and disseminating data on the conduct of the war in Yemen, with the purpose of increasing transparency and promoting accountability of the actors involved. In the absence of official military records from any of the parties to the conflict, the Yemen Data Project was founded in 2016 with the overall goal of contributing independent and neutral data to increase transparency over the conduct of the war and to inform humanitarian response, human rights advocacy, media coverage, and policy discussion. Our mission is to collect and disseminate data with transparency and without advocacy for, or alignment to, any political cause, party or policy.

The Yemen Data Project is a not-for-profit project and is contributed to by international and national security, human rights, humanitarian, and academic experts. The project and all activities are independently funded to avoid any partisan affiliation.


YDP has received funding from the philanthropic organization, Open Society Foundations and from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust  to cover the costs of employing data collectors, a researcher, and a part-time spokesperson. Aside from this support YDP depends on pro bono contributions from volunteers. YDP is constantly seeking additional, independent, long-term funding to continue our work.


Our data collectors at YDP have to remain anonymous for their own safety and for security reasons. The data team are Yemenis who have been extensively trained in data collection, research, and coding. The data collectors have also received external training in data collection methodology and data analysis from ACLED.

Our founders have a long-standing background in data collection in Yemen that precedes the current conflict. They began collecting data on air raids as soon as the Saudi-UAE-led collation launched its air war in Yemen in March 2015. As the war continued and the database expanded they realized the value of the information as a point of record for the conflict and its potential usefulness for others. The Yemen Data Project was then established in 2016 in order to disseminate the growing database and improve transparency.

Our representative is an independent journalist, Iona Craig - a specialist on the Arabian Peninsula who has been reporting from Yemen since 2010. As the public face of the Yemen Data Project, she is available to answer your questions, respond to media requests and any inquiries. Please write to iona.craig@yemendataproject.org


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The Yemen Data Project is a not-for-profit organization that disseminates data for the purpose of increasing transparency and promoting accountability, but we also recognize that we have obligations to protect any data that we collect from individuals.

It is important to us that our friends, supporters, funders and users know how we use and protect their personal data in adherence to legal and ethical standards.

This is our privacy policy for our website and other services, which include newsletters and our social media presence.How your privacy is protected and YDP compliance under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Privacy Protection Statement

  • We only collect and use individual user details if you have given your permission for us to do so.
  • The information we collect is very limited. We do not collect personal data from visitors to our website, or social media sites.
  • If you sign up for our newsletters and updates we will collect and securely store any personal data you choose to give us (for example: your name and email address) in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2018.
  • Our newsletters and updates are sent out using MailChimp. When consent from you is given in the newsletter and updates subscription process, we will add your data to our MailChimp lists. The information securely held by MailChimp only includes your name and email address and will not be shared by them or us with any other party.
  • YDP will never sell your personal details to anyone and do not use your data commercially.
  • We may use personal data to understand the demographics of the individuals using and accessing our services, though this data will not be shared outside of the organization.
  • All data securely stored by YDP will be reviewed annually, to ensure that the organization does not hold on to personal data indefinitely.

Your rights

You have the following rights. If you wish to invoke any of the below, please contact us.

  • Right to be removed: You can change your mind at any time about your data being held by YDP. We will permanently delete your details and all data.
  • Right to modification: You can request access to and update your data at any time, in order to correct or complete your personal information. You can also contact YDP at any time to access, correct, amend or delete information that we hold about you.
  • Right of access: Our Privacy Protection Statement (above) describes what data we collect and how we use it. If you have specific questions about particular data, please email contact@yemendataproject.org for further information.
  • Right of portability: We will export your data to a third party at any time upon your request.


If you have any complaints or requests about how your data is used or about YDP in general, please email: contact@yemendataproject.org

We will investigate your complaint or issue and are committed to responding within 14 days.