Yemen’s donors are exploring new long-term funding mechanisms to back the country’s development plan.
In a Sept. 24 meeting in New York, the Friends of Yemen reviewed the country’s progress since January’s conference in London and forged an action plan for the next meeting in Riyadh.
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Aside from the possible creation of a development fund for Yemen, the establishment of a Gulf Cooperation Council office in Sana’a to help donors plan, coordinate and deliver aid to the Middle Eastern country is being considered by the group.
Yemen’s allies welcomed the government’s fight against corruption as well as efforts to forge a lasting peace settlement in Sa’dah to ensure the safe flow of humanitarian relief. They pledged to back a national dialogue to help move forward with next year’s elections. They also vowed to scale up their support for social protection and vocational and technical training, according to a joint statement.
The U.S., one of the meeting’s participants, said it is coordinating its diplomatic and assistance efforts with international partners including African countries, the Gulf Coordination Council, the European Union, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
In a blog post at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s “IMPACTblog,” Aaron Jost, director for Arabian Peninsula at the National Security Council, says the U.S. has increased its economic and humanitarian assistance to Yemenis to around USD110 million over the past 12 months, more than six times the volume worth USD14.3 million two years before.
The U.S., Jost adds, aims to promote economic and governance development and reform, an inclusive and democratic political process, the rule of law and the protection of human rights, an open, vibrant civil society, and freedom of the press in Yemen. It also seeks to help improve the delivery of education, health and other essential services, and help ensure the continuation of the ceasefire in the north of Yemen.
Saudi Arabia will host the next ministerial meeting of the Friends of Yemen in February 2011. This will follow a donors’ consultative group meeting, where the next development plan for Yemen will be launched.