The bigger picture: Why ACTED is investing in local capacity in Yemen

ACTED teams up with local partner Al Baiihani charitable foundation to deliver shelter, food and water, hygiene and sanitation assistance to vulnerable displaced households in Ibb, Yemen.

In Yemen and around the world, the humanitarian community has made considerable achievements, delivering life-saving aid to the most needy. But today’s system is sometimes unsustainable, in part because it relies heavily on international actors. A key part of recovery and reconstruction in Yemen, a country crippled by an ongoing war, is therefore making sure that local actors are self-sufficient, have the tools to respond to needs on the ground and really make an impact in their communities.

Building capacities of local NGOs

Recognizing this, ACTED is continually making strides to partner with and build the capacity of local NGOs. ACTED’s ongoing OCHA-funded project in Ibb governorate offers an excellent example of this. In response to the food emergency facing the governorate and the critical situation in water, hygiene, sanitation and shelter, the project aims to deliver multi-sectoral assistance to over 5,000 internally displaced persons in Ibb governorate through activities such as food voucher distribution, water, hygiene and sanitation, and infrastructure rehabilitation of collective shelters, and by providing hygiene kits, water filters, and hygiene training. ACTED is jointly implementing these activities with Al Baiihani charitable foundation, a local water, hygiene, sanitation and food security actor.

Working hand-in-hand for efficient programming

A key part of the response is ongoing training with Al Baiihani charitable foundation, grounded in the findings of a capacity assessment they took at the start of the project. ACTED kicked off the trainings in August with very productive sessions on humanitarian principles attended by sixteen staff from Al Baiihani. Over the life of the project, as ACTED and Al Baiihani work hand in hand, these trainings will continue, spanning topics from mainstreaming protection and gender to technical trainings on topics such as cash transfer monitoring, voucher distribution and hygiene promotion. By the time the partnership comes to a close, ACTED expects not only that Al Baiihani’s contributions have improved the quality of the programming, but also that Al Baiihani is better positioned to take on projects in the future, respond to emergency needs, and eventually, rebuild their community.