Marib, Yemen – The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies organized a workshop to discuss and identify the most urgent issues facing the governorate of Marib, part of a broader project exploring alternative methodologies for Track II peace efforts in Yemen.
Held on August 13 and 14, local officials, civil society groups, activists, community leaders, and journalists all participated in the workshop, identifying the three most pressing issues for the governorate: local authorities’ inability to address rising food prices; a perceived lack of oversight over local and international aid organizations; and insufficient sewage and waste disposal services. Participants formed a team to follow up on proposed solutions at periodic meetings.
The workshop, organized by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies and Saferworld, an independent organization working on conflict resolution, looked for ways to strengthen the role of the local government in serving the community and to increase the involvement of local organizations in Yemen’s peace process.
Executive Director of the Sana’a Center, Maged al-Madhaji, said that the workshop came at an especially sensitive time for the country and stressed the need for local and external efforts to advance the peace process led by the United Nations.
He explained that the Sana’a Center is working to activate and encourage different elements of society in Marib to engage in conversations on the ongoing transformations in the country and how to address challenges and take advantage of new 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.