Business for Peace Award
1551, Section: Report


For every 100 plastic bottles collected, recyclers claim YR300, about $1.40.

When one person’s trash becomes another’s lifeline

Published on 30 September 2014 by Mohammed Al-Khayat in Report

Abdulbasit Abdaali is poor, but proud. “There is no shame in working. What I do is an alternative to begging and being dependent on others,” he said.

As the state prepares to further regulate private security companies, it remains to be seen whether it will consequently regain some responsibility and accountability over the country’s security situation. (

The booming business of security companies in Yemen

Published on 30 September 2014 by Madiha Al-Junaid in Report

“Yemen is rated a medium to high threat environment for crime. Even with improving political conditions, crime levels remained steady throughout 2013 due principally to tough economic conditions and weak law enforcement,” reads the Yemen 2014 Crime and Safety Report published by the Overseas Security Advisory Council.

The Houthis took control of Iman University (circled) on Sept. 20, displacing around 6,000 people from the campus.

Thousands of Iman University students, faculty displaced during clashes

Published on 30 September 2014 by Ali Saeed in Report

About 6,000 Iman University students, faculty, and their families have been displaced from their homes on Iman University’s campus following the Houthi takeover.

Left: Imam Ahmed Hameed Al-Deen, against whom the revolution erupted. He ruled Yemen between 1948-1962. Right: Jamal Abdel Naser, Egyptian president, along with Yemeni President Al-Salal greeting the people in Bab Al-Yemen (Sana’a’s old gate) in 1964.

1962 revolution rectified by 2011 uprising

Published on 25 September 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Report

Based on the Quranic verse, “do obey Allah and those who rule you,” some religious scholars in Yemen and elsewhere demand that Muslims stay submissive to their political heads, no matter how tyrannical they may be. Muslims would be reimbursed for the oppression faced on judgment day, they argue.

The Houthi-run Al-Masira TV channel showed soldiers firing live rounds on protesters in front of the cabinet on September 9, while state-run media portrayed the event entirely differently.

Same story, different narratives

Published on 25 September 2014 by Khalid Al-Karimi in Report

How the state, the Houthis, and the international press covered the Houthis’ seige on the capital

Impact Journalism Day: 40 newspapers share stories about initiatives for positive change

Published on 23 September 2014 by Christian de Boisredon in Report

Day after day, the news confronts us with the world’s troubles. This constant reminder can make us anxious, afraid—or even worse, anesthetized.

Yemen is the only Arab country that does not have a civil registry for its citizens, making it more difficult to conduct development and service projects.

Will Yemen ban manual ID cards from October 1?

Published on 23 September 2014 by Ali Saeed in Report

Started in 2000, the electronic identification document (ID) card will be the only official tool for personal, commercial, civil, and military authentication from the beginning of Oct. 1, 2014, according to Matash Mohamed Matash, the head of the Ministry of Interior’s Civil Status and Registry Service.

As tens of thousands of Houthis gathered in and around the capital, local neighborhood watches sprouted to provide security, much like they did during the 2011 uprising.

Houthi presence revives popular committees

Published on 23 September 2014 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in Report

Born as a result of the 2011 uprising to protect civilians in local neighborhoods, popular committees are making a comeback in the capital.

The Mobile School project was initially launched in Sana’a. It is now gaining popularity in Taiz amidst high numbers of working children. (Archive photo by Samar Qaed)

Schools on wheels come to Taiz

Published on 18 September 2014 by Mohammad Al-Khayat in Report

Shakeeb Jaber did not imagine a day when he would be able to read and write. But when the impossible became possible, the 12-year-old was over the moon.

This article has photo galleryYemeni women making a difference

Published on 18 September 2014 by Nasser Mutahar in Report

It is as important as ever that now, during Yemen’s transition, civil society and individual contributions help in building a new Yemen. Given the government’s current crisis, much of the society’s well-being is dependent on the support and services provided by Yemeni citizens.