22 February 2019

Oxford Research Group (ORG) and the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies (SCSS) held a series of workshops in Yemen’s Hadhramaut and Marib governorates in late January to explore opportunities for consolidating peace in the two governorates.

Over 50 participants, including academics, civil society, local authority representatives and journalists, discussed local issues related to prospects for peace and stability.

In Seiyun and Mukalla, both in Hadhramaut, participants discussed the recent return of Yemeni expatriates to the governorate. Addressing this issue is crucial to helping create stability and strategising pathways towards sustainable peace.

In Marib, discussions focused on ways to enhance basic service provision to internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Sirwah district, particularly health and education.

The workshops were part of an integrated framework of cooperation between the SCSS and ORG, involving a broad range of societal leaders from the governorates of Hadhramaut and Marib.

Two workshops were already held in Jordan in 2018 to explore prospects for peace in Hadhramaut and Marib, with locally based, inclusive strategy groups formed from among the participants. Members have also been able to meet with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths as well as other members of the diplomatic community in Amman. The project aims to complement and feed into the work of the UN Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General (OSESGY).

Funding for the pilot year of the project has been provided by the UK Government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund. 

Image credit: Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies