Yemen 2021

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Private Sector Leadership To Improve Economic Conditions In Yemen


To empower national and provincial coalitions of business leaders to set economic relief and recovery priorities and drive measures to improve economic conditions in Yemen. Years of conflict have created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and shattered the political, social, and economic fabric of the country. The Center will mobilize private sector leaders alongside civil society partners to advance solutions that alleviate economic and humanitarian hardships caused by the conflict, while positioning the private sector to lead in the eventual transition and post-conflict phases. At the national level, this program will support Yemeni business leaders organized as the Economic Reform Team (ERT) to help improve conditions for commercial activity and ensure the flow of goods and services to market. At the provincial level, the Center and its local partners will empower private sector coalitions to improve economic conditions through public-private dialogue and advocacy with local officials.


National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

Political Party Inclusion and Civic Engagement


To enhance their inclusion in party leadership positions and decision-making processes, NDI will help women and youth develop leadership skills and advocate for greater internal party inclusion mechanisms. Women and youth party members will also foster greater trust within their communities by convening community forums and conducting initiatives to address local priority issues. By enhancing broader inclusion of women and youth, Yemen s political parties will demonstrate greater responsiveness to citizen needs, increase cooperation across party and tribal lines, and promote a more sustainable peace in a post-conflict environment.


Wogood For Human Security Foundation

Engaging Youth in Promoting Community Security


To improve local law enforcement’s responsiveness to community needs in Aden. The grantee will train and support youth in organizing a public dialogue with local law enforcement bodies to address security issues. It will hold public meetings for representatives from local government, the Ministry of Interior Affairs, civil society, media and citizens. The grantee will document the outcomes of the public meetings and share them with the broader public through online media. The organization has developed strong relationships with local youth, the community, and local security authorities which makes it well suited to this work.


Resonate Yemen

Strengthening Accountability in Yemen


To strengthen accountability through civic engagement and think-tank research. The grantee will provide technical and financial assistance to emerging civil society organizations (CSOs) working on social accountability through local engagement and research papers from Sana’a, Taiz, Aden, Ibb, and Hadramout. It will also facilitate exchanges and encourage cooperation among partner CSOs by hosting a national conference and assisting in the formation of a national social accountability network composed of CSOs across Yemen’s 18 governorates. The grantee is a grassroots, youth-run organization established in 2011 that seeks to constructively engage youth in public policy dialogue. It has years of experience building the capacity of smaller CSOs on social accountability through providing training, resources and networking opportunities.


Improve Your Society Organization for Development and Peace

Monitoring Public Services


To engage youth in promoting better governance of public services. The grantee will train youth on advocacy and accountability in conflict zones, conduct visits to the departments of water, sewage and sanitation in three districts, produce quarterly monitoring reports, present its findings to local authorities and follow up on local governance action plans, and convene public meetings to engage the community and stakeholders in a discussion of its monitoring findings. The grantee started as an initiative of youth activists and now is a credible organization that is committed to promoting good governance practices and engaging youth in monitoring government performance at the local level.


Thakera for Media Production

Restoring Independent Media


To help rebuild Yemen’s independent media sector. The grantee will host an online citizen and investigative journalism platform focused on current political and economic developments in Yemen. It will work with its team of veteran and junior journalists inside and outside Yemen to produce and publish impartial and credible media content on critical topics.  The organization has significant experience providing support to journalists in Yemen during the conflict.


Ramz Development Foundation

Promoting Women’s Rights through Radio and Legal Assistance


To empower women at the grassroots level to influence policymaking. The grantee will hold a training workshop for a team of journalists to produce new episodes of its radio program “Women’s Voices” featuring diverse women. The organization will also train women lawyers to monitor court cases dealing with women’s rights, hold a workshop to present project findings to local and international stakeholders; and produce and distribute a final report. The organization has substantial experience working with civil society and local communities, including women in conflict zones.


Youth of the World Together

Promoting Democratic Values through Film


To promote democratic values through films and filmmaking. The grantee will provide mentorship and hands-on training to young men and women on filmmaking and democratic ideas and values; produce short films; hold a film screening for civil society, media, local government, and educators; and engage youth in discussion sessions to encourage volunteer initiatives that translate the films’ messages into action. The grantee is a youth-led organization with a network both in Yemen and the broader Middle East region.


Basement Cultural Foundation

Youth Cultural and Free Expression Forum


To provide a safe platform and an opportunity for improving youth dialogue, critical thinking, and debate skills, at a time of conflict. The grantee will engage youth to identify local priority issues and explore alternative solutions through research and debate. The grantee will work with program beneficiaries to address identified issues through publishing articles, writing a research paper, and conducting public discussions.


Alf Ba Civilian Coexistence Foundation

Strengthening Youth Engagement in Local Governance


To incorporate youth into decision-making processes through strengthening shadow youth councils to engage with elected local councils. The organization will hold an advanced training for its youth shadow councils on how to design and implement local initiatives. The organization will facilitate the youths’ engagement with citizens in their respective districts through public debate sessions to identify priority local issues. The organization will then work with the youth to develop local initiatives and provide funding to help with their implementation.


Democratic Youth Foundation

Promoting Youth Engagement in Local Governance


To strengthen youth engagement with local government to improve the quality of governance in Hadhramaut. The grantee will train youth on monitoring local government performance, particularly for the implementation of government construction projects and protection of public spaces. The organization will conduct an assessment study as well as engage citizens with the local councils in public meetings to identify, deliberate, and develop alternative solutions to improve the quality of public projects.


Forum for Students of the Marib Cultural Development College

Advocating Internally Displaced People’s Rights


To engage civil society organizations in advocating for the rights of internally displaced people (IDPs). The grantee will continue working with its network of eight local organizations to convey the voice of and advocate for IDPs. It will monitor the performance of the newly established Government Joint Committee for Responding to IDP Needs through field visits to IDP camps in ten districts, monthly public meetings, and establishing an e-platform to encourage the local government to respond to IDP and host community needs.


Live to Give

Advocating for Reconstruction and Internally Displaced People


To engage youth from underserved districts in advocating for the rights of internally displaced people in the Tahamah region. The grantee will train and mentor four youth teams to monitor and document damaged infrastructure and the needs of internally displaced people (IDPs) in two war-torn districts. The youth teams will produce quarterly and annual reports on their findings, compile stories of victims of conflict, and advocate authorities to improve conditions for these communities.


National Forum for Human Rights

Monitoring Human Rights


To promote and defend human rights in a conflict zone. Working with its field monitors, the organization will monitor, compile evidence, and report on human rights violations in all governorates. Findings will be summarized in quarterly and an annual report that will be used for awareness raising and advocacy efforts.


Yemen Women Judges Forum

Strengthening Jurists’ Understanding of Human Rights Law


To promote legal protections for human rights by facilitating greater understanding among Yemeni jurists of international human rights laws and obligations. The grantee will work with its network of judges to lead a series of training workshops and dialogue sessions for judges, recent law school graduates, and other law practitioners on international human rights conventions and means of enforcing Yemen’s international human rights commitments. The organization will also summarize key findings and recommendations from its dialogue sessions in a document that will serve as a legal framework to ensure the protection of human rights in a post-conflict transition.


Social Center for Militating Illegal Earning

Mapping Accountability Mechanisms


To strengthen civic oversight and accountability for public service provision. The grantee will conduct a comprehensive study of accountability mechanisms in Sanaa through surveys, field visits and workshops. The grantee will present study findings to various stakeholders including officials from the local municipality, Sana’a local council, and Ministry of Planning, to advocate recommendations for improving local service delivery and infrastructure.


Studies & Economic Media Center

Building Capacities of Journalists and Media Organizations


To strengthen independent media organizations and support strategic planning to guide and sustain their work in a conflict context. The grantee will provide comprehensive capacity building and support to independent media organizations and journalists in four provinces. Following the training, the grantee will provide the media organizations with mentorship and technical support. The grantee will also draft a study on the current media landscape in the country and share it with stakeholders and donors.