Exchange with young activists from Yemen

IMG_0423This week FNF welcomed a small delegation of youth and women activists from Yemen in its Brussels office.  As one of the poorest countries in the Arab region, Yemen does not only have to battle the problems of a fragile state, but also has to deal with increasing security issues and a severe economic crisis. In this deadlocked situation, the youth should actively take part in the political transition process to create a more promising future – and it does. Within the project “Amplifying Youth Voices” funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by Saferworld over 100 young leaders participate in a variety of political, social and economic movements.

In this context FNF was happy to welcome the Yemeni activists and share some of its expertise and experience concerning EU funding for civil society especially in the aftermath of the Arab Spring and FNF’s advocacy work in this regard.  The Yemeni youth activists were happy to receive first-hand information “which cannot be found through some web research.” In face of the plan to found a political network for the different youth movements in Yemen, FNF’s work and  engagement in the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) was particularly interesting for the participants. Furthermore they found out that both Yemeni CSOs and European ones share similar goals and challenges in their advocacy work for human rights and a greater role for civil society in political decision making procedures.

Xueqian Chen