Business for Peace Award
1564, Section: Report


Ahmed Ubaid Bin Daghr, minister of telecommunications and information technology, in a meeting with the Internet Society-Yemen  and a delegation from ICANN and RIPE.

Introducing Internet governance to Yemen

Published on 26 August 2014 by Ali Saeed in Report

For a long time, the citizens of Yemen have battled with a lack of accessible communications.

In reaction to fuel subsidy cuts and increased transportation costs an increasing‭  ‬number of young Yemeni men use bicycles‭.              ‬

Yemenis seek energy and transport alternatives

Published on 26 August 2014 by Bassam Al-Khameri in Report

With the difficult economic situation plaguing Yemen, including a debt of more than six billion dollars, Yemenis are trying to find transport and energy alternatives in order to save money.

Without sufficient support and oversight from the government‭, ‬popular committees in Abyan‭, ‬which act as quasi-police forces‭, ‬often go unchecked‭. ‬

The popular committees of Abyan

Published on 26 August 2014 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in Report

Nearly four years after being formed, the committees continue to fulfill a range of duties in place of the government

In the wake of increasing attacks on military forces and government headquarters by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in 2011, popular committees mobilized in governorates like Shabwa and Abyan to end AQAP’s predominance there.

The government-run Al-Thawra Al-Iqtisadi newspaper denounces the loss of‭

Politics of Qat by Peer Gatter: Ups and downs in qat politics after 2002 (part 2/2)

Published on 21 August 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Report

The cover page shows an old man with an apprehensive look in his eyes, half-smiling as he hands you a bunch of qat leaves. In the background there is a wild-eyed teenage boy, cheeks swollen from the qat that fills them, peering into the camera.

This 862 page hard-cover book published by Reichert Publications is a weapon in all senses of the word. Besides documenting the ever growing role qat plays in Yemen and in the life of Yemenis, the book also analyses Yemen’s qat policy, the tribal qat economy, and the qat connections of our decision makers.

I had this huge publication lying by my bedside for months before I summoned the courage to pick it up and start reading. This was not only due to its intimidating size, but probably even more so due to its topic. Qat, and the political and economic schemes around it, were to me as a Yemeni always a well-known problem. I just was too afraid to read for myself and acknowledge how I as a citizen am part of a society that enables this culture of qat.

I don’t chew Qat and personally I am ardently opposed to it. But I live in a society where Qat prevails. After years of research, Peer Gatter, the author of  this book, published it in 2012, offering to the world an insight into this drug and what it has done to my country. Gatter was working for many years for the World Bank and UNDP in Yemen and is now heading the Integrated Expert Program for Afghanistan of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ-CIM).

To read more about the book go to

While gangs used to be prevalent in Sanaصani neighborhoods like Musaik‭ (‬right‭) ‬or Quraish‭ (‬left‭), ‬residents nowadays report a noticeable decline of gang activities‭.‬

Disappearing with time or turning into a more serious problem?

Published on 20 August 2014 by Madiha Al-Junaid in Report

As you walk into Sana’a’s Musaik neighborhood, one does not have to search long to find heavily armed young men, members of the neighborhood’s gang, congregating in one of their hang-out places.

Private institutes that offer expensive lessons to students from better-off backgrounds are worsening the class gap in Yemen‭.

Education gap: Public schools vs. private institutes

Published on 20 August 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Report

“In the beginning I could not believe that the teacher who teaches me in the morning is the same who teaches me in the afternoon,” high school student Rasheed Al-Shammakh said, describing his teacher who teaches him mathematics in school during regular hours and afterschool for private lessons at an institute.

Around 1,500‭ ‬Salafis who fled from Dammaj are now living in Sana'a's Sawan neighborhood‭, ‬which is known for its large Salafi population and its Al-Fardaws Mosque‭ (‬see picture‭).‬

Salafi refugees: Settling in Sana’a nostalgic of Dammaj

Published on 20 August 2014 by Mohammad Al-Khayat in Report

Walking into Al-Fardaws, or “Paradise,” Mosque in Sawan area gives you the feeling you are in an airport, bustling with people of different nationalities, from every corner of the world. What’s common is that they all don beards, which they cherish, and are dressed in short garments (thawbs) reaching their ankles.

Some farmers stopped investing in farming and harvesting pomegranates due to low local prices.

Diesel shortage affects pomegranates season in Sa’ada

Published on 19 August 2014 by Ali Saeed in Report

Pomegranate farmers in Sa'ada governorate are frustrated about the earnings of this year's season, as the price of a 20kg basket went down from YR5,000 ($23) last year to YR2,500 ($11.5) this year.

Children being used to settle disputes

Published on 19 August 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Report

Taking advantage of the security vacuum, some resort to kidnapping children

After escaping hardships in Eritrea and arriving in Yemen‭, ‬many Eritreans are unable to find employment‭, ‬accommodation‭, ‬and security‭.‬

Dreams of Eritrean refugees turn to ashes in Yemen

Published on 19 August 2014 by Madiha Al-Junaid in Report

Dozens of Eritrean refugees are scattered across the Al-Safeyah area of Sana’a, a densely populated neighborhood estimated to have the largest number of African refugees in the city. Women sit in groups on threadbare carpets, blankets, or mats in streets corners. They are surrounded by playing children, running, shouting, smiling, and laughing; easily distracting observers from the tragic experiences they went through on their way to and through Yemen.