In 2004, the Yemen Polling Center (YPC) was founded by Hafez Albukari, former secretary general of the Yemeni journalist syndicate and well-respected journalist. After YPC research contributed to a public debate on the accuracy of the election results, the center's mission to independently research the public's opinion was reinforced. With the parliamentary elections in sight in 2009, YPC started the Yemen Parliament Watch (YPW): the primary resource for information on parliamentary proceedings in the country.
The transitional phase, which was initiated by the GCC Initiative enabled YPC to closely engage with local and international policymakers. Increasing our scope, YPC started focusing on in-depth data analysis in 2012 with a stronger focus on qualitative research and the publication of policy briefs.
In the context of the current conflict, it became a priority to continue operation; projects had to be adapted to the new situation on the ground that grew increasingly hostile towards civil society engagement.YPC opened offices in Aden in 2016 and finally moved its headquarters to Taiz in 2018 to ensure YPC could retain its nation-wide reach.
Despite the new difficulties, YPC continued to focus on strengthening the advocacy work of women, civil society organizations and youth activists. The center is also putting its focus on its security program, as it conducts a mapping of state and non-state security providers, and builds the capacity of Yemeni researchers to analyze matters relating to security.
By working towards closer integration of public opinion into the policymaking process, YPC aims to support reforms which better correspond with the needs of the Yemeni people. In order to do this successfully, YPC will continue to build close relationships with Yemeni and international policymakers and government institutions.