Since 2019, DCAF has worked to improve shared understanding with national, regional and international entities, in coordination with the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen (OSESGY).
DCAF’s programme in Yemen supports the formulation of a long-term vision for SSR and DDR with sequenced implementation phases that build on short-term security sector stabilisation efforts and interim security arrangements. DCAF’s most recent project in Yemen involved building trust and establishing strong connections between a high-level inclusive group of security actors that includes all parties to the conflict.
DCAF engages Yemeni society at four levels, focusing public deliberations over security matters in a strategic forum consisting of the core group of senior influencers, practitioners, and decision makers, established through the dialogues and activities in its first phase. It aims to expose perceptions of security needs and concerns of the Yemeni people to political decision makers to support the establishment of a framework for good governance and institutional accountability informed by broad consultation at the local level.
Consultations with key Yemeni stakeholders form an integral part of Yemen’s programme. These consultations not only inform the strategic direction taken by the programme, but also help create new opportunities and entry points for engagement and contribute to increasing the programme’s visibility at the highest level with the principal stakeholders and parties to the conflict.
DCAF’s project streamlined consultations not only with Yemeni stakeholders but also regional, multilateral and international stakeholders, given the nature of the conflict.
Informed by the consultations, DCAF’s dialogue fora is a platform to engage technically on key security issues. The main formats of dialogue sessions are organised under the umbrella of DCAF’s project in Yemen:
Studies were commissioned throughout the project’s life cycle in support of consultations, dialogue sessions and capacity-development workshops held since September 2019. The following studies provided the most relevant inputs into the project:
Such studies provided participants and partners with avenues for reflection on the basis of concrete knowledge and expertise on best practices in SSR and SSG.
DCAF seeks to address key barriers to exclusion of women in Yemen’s peace and security dialogues and ensure that women leaders can acquire the knowledge and skills to influence peace dialogues in Yemen, focusing on SSG/R-relevant topics, transitional justice, and the WPS agenda.
DCAF seeks to understand how women-led interventions have made an impact on Yemen peacebuilding dialogues to date and take lessons learned to build strategies for leveraging opportunities for women to participate in international, national, and local dialogues relevant to SSG/R. DCAF will support Yemeni women to develop results-driven narratives that challenge traditional views of the security sector and women’s roles in it, and engage a broad range of societal decision makers in initiatives to put these ideas into practice.
Khaldoon Bakahail, Senior Programme Manager (email@example.com)