Today is the Friends of Yemen meeting, when world leaders get together to re-affirm their commitment to ensuring a prosperous future for the country. Yemeni and international civil society organizations have an important role in shaping Yemen’s future. On the occasion of today’s meeting, please find the link to the civil society statement for the Friends of Yemen produced by The Humanitarian Forum Yemen and INGO Forum.
- The statement includes results of a survey of Yemeni civil society workers that shows their opinions on progress in the country since the last Friends of Yemen.
- As Yemen strives to recover from a severe humanitarian crisis, the country has entered a fragile period in which another shock could reverse the gains that have been made. USD 5.8 billion of the USD 7.8 billion pledged to Yemen in 2012 is waiting to be disbursed.
- Focus on underfunded sectors is required in order to address key deficits in humanitarian response. As of July 2013, the humanitarian community has received less than 20 per cent of the funding required in many key sectors, which will have long-term impact on Yemen’s future
- All stakeholders in the region should work together to find solutions for the plight of migrant workers and for the prosecution of smuggling networks.
- Efforts should be made to meet the needs of returning Yemeni migrant workers and mitigate the broader impact of their return on the Yemeni economy.
- Structural adjustments to the Yemeni economy need to be carefully sequenced so that household incomes are not adversely affected.
- Donors should continue to support efforts that increase partnership between civil society and the government, incorporating youth, women and marginalized groups.
This statement will also be in front of each leader at today’s Friends of Yemen meeting.
The Humanitarian Forum Yemen and INGO Forum.