Empowering and Building Capacities in four Governorates to promote Social Cohesion

Aug 9, 2016

Sana’a, 9 August 2016 – As part of UN joint Enhancing Rural Resilience project (ERRY) in Yemen, funded by European Union that aims to enhance the resilience and self-reliance of crisis-affected rural communities in four Governorates, two agreements between UNDP and “Partners Yemen” and “Search for Common Ground” have been signed to build the capacities of the community leaders under social cohesion component. The social cohesion component activities will be implemented for two years in Abyan, Hajjah, Hodeidah and Lahj Governorates.  The component will support community’s insider mediators to facilitate the dialogue processes across the communities that were torn by conflict and will provide support through grants to implement a consensus of dialogue outcomes, while encouraging self-reliance, as well as a culture for peace through these dialogues.

The two implementing partners have started the baseline studies, initiated coordination with local communities and authorities, and began the process of trainers’ selection who will train the insider mediators. Through this partnership and in close cooperation with the local authorities, UNDP will strengthen the capacities of more than 200 insider mediators’ in facilitating dialogues, including at least 30% of women, and thus enabling them to identify and test innovative approaches to enhance social cohesion in the selected communities. Using a range of interactive methods, such as role-plays and group-work, the inside mediators will be trained on conflict analysis; mediation; negotiation; leadership and conflict resolution. The training package also covers the ingredients of social cohesion in Yemen such as identity, inter-ethnic relations, inter-and intra-religious and gender-based violence. 

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

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