The YPC hosts a workshop on CSO's and youth survey results

Thursday, 04 September, 2014

The Yemen Polling Center (YPC) has organized, at its headquarters on Sunday, a workshop to present its findings on the needs and capacities assessment survey of civil society organizations (CSOs) and youths in Yemen. More than 60 activists, CSOs, and journalists from Aden, Taiz, Hadramout, Ibb, Albaydha, and Mareb participated in the workshop.

YPC Research Assistant, Aiman Al-Eryani, together with YPC President, Hafez Albukari, presented and discussed an overview of the two surveys which took place in the second half of 2012. The two surveys were implemented under the Civil Society Forum project which includes a database of all the CSOs in Yemen and 4 guides which will be published on the topics of Rule of Law, Democracy, Human Rights, and Good Governance.

The goals and objectives of the study aim towards a better understanding of the needs and capacities of CSOs and youth activists, including political party influence among youth activists, and the relationship between CSOs and funders.

The survey covering youth activists showed that a third of those questioned are members of a political party, of those, an overwhelming majority are members of the Islah party.  The survey also showed that perceptions of tyranny and injustice, followed by living conditions and widespread corruption were the prime motivators towards participation in the 2011 protests. Youth activists’ goals were primarily concentrated on completing the goals of the revolution and building a modern civil state, while southern independence comes in at third place.

The survey covering CSOs showed that youth development and human rights were the two issues most CSOs considered their main area of work. Meanwhile a considerably small percentage of CSO work went towards children’s and marginalized people’s rights. Statistics showed that a third of CSOs received international funding, mainly in the capital and focusing on youth development and human rights. The survey also showed that there is a lack of CSO work on the local level, with less than a quarter of CSOs working in local districts.

The results of the Survey can be accessed Click Here