Building Capacity of Local NGOs to Respond to Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis and Improve Service Delivery in Conflict Affected Communities

from UN Development Programme
Published on 23 Oct 2016 View Original

Sana'a, 20 October 2016 – In cooperation with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Humanitarian Forum Yemen (YHF) has concluded a two-week training course on Humanitarian Competencies, Conflict Resolution, and Early Recovery to build the capacity of local Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). The objectives of the training are to reflect the local NGOs experience in the thematic training manuals, which UNDP and YHF are working to develop, promote a wide scale response to the humanitarian crisis in the country and to improve service delivery in the conflict affected areas. In the presence of representatives from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour, UNDP, YHF and local NGOs, a closing ceremony was held in the capital Sana'a on Thursday to mark the graduation of more than 60 trainees including 50% of women, representing 30 local NGOs from the governorates of Abyan, Aden and Taiz.

Employing a range of theoretical and practical approaches, the training provides the participants with advanced skills in conflict mitigation and prevention so they can adopt and replicate their experience to implement high quality and conflict-sensitive projects in the conflict affected communities. "You are now the corps of peace and goodwill," said Mojeeb Al-Fatesh, the representative of the Yemeni Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour during the closing ceremony. "The governorates where you came from were severely affected by the ongoing conflict. We rely on you to work on mitigating local conflicts and restore peace in your communities," he added.

Meanwhile, UNDP representative Aleen Hamzah stressed that this capacity building event come within the framework of UNDP Yemen to lay the foundations for sustainable recovery in the conflict affected areas. She pointed out that building the capacity of local NGOs will enable them to restore livelihoods, coordinate humanitarian activities, prevent the recurrence of crisis, and create conditions for future development, thus increasing national capacity to deliver humanitarian aid to those in need and boost early recovery efforts and development with conflict sensitive approaches.

The training is part of UNDP's Joint Emergency Capacity Development Support Project, which seeks to strengthen the capacity of the local NGOs working in the communities that were hit by the ongoing conflict in Yemen since March 2015. "The NGOs participated in this training were selected as some of the most sustainable, reliable and professional partners to work with the Government of Yemen, UN agencies and international partners to help people in need. We count on you to cascade what you have learned to your communities, organizations and colleagues in order to secure a wide-scale impact," highlighted the YHF Chairperson Hilal Al-Bahri in his remarks during the ceremony.

Another batch of more than 60 trainees representing 30 NGOs from the governorates of Hajjah, Sana'a and Sa'ada has recently received similar 12 days training in an effort to reach most of the conflict affected governorates.

To read more about UNDP Yemen’s work during the ongoing conflict, click here.

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