This project, which was implemented from 2016-18, was entitled “Academic Approaches to Peacebuilding and State Building in Yemen” and was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the framework of its Transformation Partnership. The partners in the project were the Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies at the University of Bonn and the Gender-Development Research & Studies Center at Sanaa University. The Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO) was involved in the publication of papers resulting from this project.
Against the backdrop of the ongoing war in Yemen, this project aimed at contributing to peacebuilding and state building in the country. This objective was to be achieved by strengthening ties between researchers, academic staff, students and – subordinately – to experts in the policy and development community in order to develop ideas and find new ways of academic support to respective endeavors. A particular focus was placed on the promotion and support of young academics and women.
Regarding outputs, the project focused on joint workshops and conferences, German-Yemeni summer schools, a project website and a series of policy papers.
The project’s objective was to investigate and support peace-building and state-building initiatives in Yemen from an academic perspective and thus a) to support and strengthen the work of practitioners and policy-makers in the country through the provision of expertise; and b) to build the respective expertise in Yemeni and German academia to support and critically accompany a).
In the first year of the project (2016), the focus of activities, discussions and training centered on peacebuilding. Here, international approaches to peacebuilding and international debates in academia in regard to this topic were discussed against the backdrop of the Yemeni context. In a first workshop among advanced researchers on both sides, which took place in the spring of 2016, respective research projects were presented and the next steps of the project were planned. The summer school of 2016 brought together advanced academics and teachers from Germany and Yemen with MA and PhD students of both countries with an interest in peacebuilding (in Yemen). As a last activity for the first year, this project saw the holding of a paper-writing workshop for Yemeni students and researchers in Amman.
In the second year, the three-tiered approach of workshop / summer school / conference plus policy papers was repeated, this time in relation to state building, governance, and federalism. Activities in the third year focused on post-conflict reconstruction. In all three years, a special focus was placed on the role women in Yemen can play in peacebuilding to promote lasting security and the underlying challenges to such involvement in the Yemeni context.