Promoting & Enhancing Local Stabilization in Yemen Project (PELSY)


Promoting & Enhancing Local Stabilization in Yemen Project (PELSY)

Hadramawt, Al Mahrah,-
Al-Mukalla, Al-Ghayda,

Promoting and Enhancing Local Stabilization in Yemen (PELSY), implemented during October 2018 to April 2022, is  funded by the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) which contributed to the overarching goal of improving the capacity of locally legitimate authorities, including governance and security providers as well as civil society organizations (CSOs) to manage conflict, prevent a resurgence of violence, and enhance security. PELSY endeavored to strengthen existing resiliencies in locations such as Hadramawt and Al-Mahra, dubbed “islands of stability”, to serve as a foundation of both short-term stabilization and resistance against non-state armed groups (NSAGs), as well as a long-term reconciliation and peace.  PELSY’s approach centered on supporting bottom-up stabilization efforts by local authorities, civil society, and private sector. Provided locally legitimate authorities with strategies and skills that helped them address a wide range of community needs, leveraging effective partnerships with private sector to manage scarce resources and rebuild their communities.

The project achievement includes. Improved key local officials’ understanding of drivers of conflict and instability and approaches to preventing and combatting extremism, two (2) integrative strategic workshops conducted, 50 senior local authority and security officials participated, two (2) local stabilization mechanisms established for improving community collaboration and conflict resolution. Pioneered a new and innovative approach in Yemen that brought together local authorities with private sector actors in six (6) forums to discuss local development and partnership. Two (2) public private dialogue committees, two (2) investment visions established.  Encouraged discourse around addressing causes of instability by holding over twenty-two (22) local dialogues on local community priorities and challenges, 60 vulnerable youth participated in apprenticeship training and 20 families trained in vocational training to create alternative and opportunities, 60 local mediators trained on community policing, 10 small-scale community initiatives implemented that provided positive alternative to at-risk youth and families, b) rehabilitated local infrastructure causing community grievances, and c) built the capacity of grassroots committees that support governance, improving the living conditions of an estimated 1,032 community members. Improved community perceptions of community leaders, with 90% of well-informed community members interviewed.