On 30 October, Marwa Baabbad, Oxford Research Group’s Project Manager for Yemen, joined an expert panel to provide oral evidence to the House of Commons International Development Committee. She joined with former Norwegian foreign minister and head of UN humanitarian affairs Jan Egeland and Oxfam’s Dina el-Mamoun to address the Committee’s special session on the humanitarian and political situation in Yemen.

Addressing the Committee’s questions, Marwa advocated for greater inclusivity in the Yemen peace process at all levels and explained how women and young people were especially vulnerable to the use and threat of violence by a variety of armed actors. She also advocated for the UK and international community to play a greater role in strengthening the capacity of the Yemeni government institutions, with the new prime minister representing an opportunity for greater engagement.

[a televised stream of the panel’s evidence to the Committee can be found here]

Directly after the panel of NGO and humanitarian representatives the Committee questioned the UK government’s chief policy-makers on Yemen: Minister of State for the Middle East Alistair Burt; Deputy Director of the Arabian Peninsula Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Neil Bush; and Head of Yemen at the Department for International Development, Louise Walker. MPs were thus able to directly follow-up on evidence from ORG’s work in Yemen with the British government.

ORG has been working with inclusive groups of local participants from Yemen’s Marib and Hadhramaut governorates since mid-2018 to develop their capacity to engage strategically with the Yemen peace process. Funding for the pilot year of the project has been provided by the UK Government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund.