From protection to conflict prevention in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis: a case for Yemen
These 3 upcoming weeks, we will present you a short series of 3 videos produced by our Yemini partner Youth Without Borders Organisation for Development (YWBOD) and the Civil Alliance for Peace (CAP). These videos highlight several prevention and development strategies which contribute to strengthening the resilience of local communities against the risk of relapse into violence and armed conflict. Especially with the COVID-19 pandemic making its way across the globe, a strong focus on most fragile communities is more important than ever.
Nearly a quarter of a million people have died since the start of the war in Yemen in 2015, leaving the country to face what the UN and the World Food Programme have called the ‘world’s worst humanitarian crisis’. 24 million people are in urgent need: many civilians are displaced, exposed to outbreaks of cholera and starving.
Ranking first in the world on the Fragile States Index in 2019, it is clear something needs to change. The video below, is the first of this short series highlighting the change that is needed: a focus on conflict prevention rather than on protection alone. According to the United Nations - World Bank ‘Pathways for Peace’ study, investing 1 dollar in the prevention of conflict can save a total of 16 dollars spent on emergency aid.
Here at CSPPS, we stand for building resilient and empowered communities that act locally for a sustainable peace. One of the things we do is help fund projects by organisations such as YWBOD and the CAP that can help countries like Yemen get the global attention they so desperately need.
How does your organization work towards conflict prevention in a time of crisis? How does COVID-19 affect your work. And what can CSPPS mean for you in this context? Share your thoughts!