Mukalla, Yemen – A two-day workshop bringing together a range of local officials, civil society groups, journalists and clerics to assess political, economic and security conditions in Hadramawt governorate concluded today, August 11, in the governorate capital of Mukalla.
The workshop, which was organized by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies and Saferworld, an independent organization working on conflict resolution, tried to find ways to strengthen the role of local government in serving the community and to increase the involvement of local organizations in Yemen’s peace process.
Part of a broader project exploring alternative methodologies for the Track II peace efforts in Yemen, the workshop discussed major local issues that are being worked out and resolved in an inclusive manner in order to better alleviate existing conflicts and tensions in Hadramawt.
The participants put forward a number of recommendations that will be presented to the government in Aden, the local authorities and local and international organizations. They also identified priorities in those sectors where there is currently a dire need for action in the governorate. The governorate will form a special team to work on these priorities during the coming period, in order to improve local services and support reconciliation.
The Executive Director of the Sana’a Center, Maged al-Madhaji, described the workshop as part of the Sana’a Center’s efforts to examine the impact on Hadramawt governorate of ongoing transformations in the country and to support local capabilities in addressing challenges and take advantage of opportunities.
The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies is an independent think tank that seeks to foster change through knowledge production with a focus on Yemen and the surrounding region. The Center’s publications and programs, offered in Arabic and English, cover political, social, economic and security developments, aiming to impact policy locally, regionally and internationally.