Peace Process Support for Yemen (PSY) funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union (EU), implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is improving the capacities for non-violent conflict resolution in Yemen. In order to achieve this objective, the project works in the following main three interlinked fields of activity:
A. Strengthening of local peace capacity through civil society organisations and peaceful coexistence projects: Local peace capacity will be strengthened through Yemeni Civil Society Organisations and “peaceful coexistence projects, targeting decision makers at local community, district, governorate and, where possible, central level, youth, women and vulnerable groups including people with disabilities.
B. Enhancement of women’s participation: Setting up of a specific platform for Women’s participation to strategize and prepare their inclusion as a pillar for social cohesion and play a role in future post-conflict reconstruction.
C. Support of the coordination of peace efforts: Regular analysis papers on peacebuilding opportunities are produced and shared with other relevant actors.
In order to achieve the objectives of the three interlinked fields of activity, the Project incorporates the following five additional sub-activities:
1. Strengthening local capacities for peace to promote peaceful co-existence:
The Project organises workshops on peaceful co-existence with local councils’ members, leaders of civil society organisations, (high school) students and youth initiatives. The transferred knowledge is used in the context of the implementation of small projects on coexistence financed by the project (local subsidies/ small grants/ sub-grants).
2. Strengthening institutional and professional capacities of selected NGOs and academic institutions:
In cooperation with local civil society organisations and academic institutions, scientific short studies are elaborated. In addition, regular context analysis papers will be provided to BMZ and the EU.
3. Conducting public relations campaigns:
“Serious Games” are developed aiming at the support to peaceful coexistence by using the interactive medium to reach out to the youth of Yemen. The “Serious Games” are supported through online and offline promotion campaigns.
4. Strengthening the participation of women in the peace process and post-conflict agenda:
In cooperation with the Yemen Women Union, a consultative paper on the participation of women in the peace process and post-conflict agenda has been written up. The herewith-developed networks are used to create an exchange platform for women in Yemen.
5. Promoting the use of conflict-sensitive communication methods:
Journalists are being trained in order to produce conflict-sensitive contributions.