Strengthening the Role of Youth Groups in Supporting Community Cohesion

Governance of Civil Society Organizations
June 12, 2019
Innovation for Coexistence
May 30, 2022

Strengthening the Role of Youth Groups in Supporting Community Cohesion

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Strengthening the Role of Youth Groups in Supporting Community Cohesion

Strengthening the Role of Youth Groups in Supporting Community Cohesion Project in partnership with the German Agency GIZ and sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union (EU) is an innovative project designed by Gusoor for Peace and Coexistence team aimed at contributing to the promotion of peace and mitigation of social fragmentation during the current conflict in Yemen The project seeks to activate the role of youth from different segments of society with a focus on the integration of marginalized groups, people with special needs and displaced people

Through a combination of direct interventions to the most important conflict issues in the targeted districts (Maeen-Al-Sabeen) as well as through community awareness sessions on the one hand, and activate the role of youth as well in research papers and public policies on the other. The project team worked professionally and intensively to achieve the goal through four carefully designed activities:


Activity 1: Conducting four awareness-raising workshops for 48 target groups in the role of traditional tools "tribal norms" in conflict resolution and the formation of support groups and their working mechanism. The training was concluded with the formation of 4 supporting youth groups for cohesion and community peace.

Activity 2: The four supporting youth groups conducted a field survey of the conflicts in the targeted directorates "Maeen and Al-Sabeen" and the implementation of four sessions

To analyze the survey results and select the four most important community issues to be intervened. The field survey of Al-Sabeen Directorate came up with 118 cases in the community, the most prominent of which were conflicts over service issues (24%), followed by family issues (17%), class issues (16%), land issues (15%) and issues caused by revenge and inheritance (14% each). The field survey of the Maeen Directorate came up with 83 community issues, most notable conflicts over service issues emerged by 18% distracted family and class issues by 17% each and issues of land, inheritance, and revenge by 16% each.

Project Name:

Strengthening the Role of Youth Groups in Supporting Community Cohesion


Sep. 1, 2018 to Nov. 30, 2018


GIZ Yemen

Here is a graph showing the types of issues in districts (Maeen- Al-Sabeen)

Activity 3: The four youth supporting groups carried out 4 direct interventions for the four most essential conflict issues selected from the survey list according to the selection tools which included several criteria, the most important of which is the safety of the team (the possibility of intervention) .The intervention serves more than 100 beneficiaries in the area to be intervened. In addition, it has a developmental impact that serves individuals in the targeted areas These interventions have resulted in reaching a number of beneficiaries in the targeted areas according to the directorates. The chart below shows the number of beneficiaries of the community interventions in Maeen and Al Sabeen directorates

Graph showing the number of interventions beneficiaries for community issues

Following these interventions, the four support groups implemented eight awareness sessions accompanying the interventions, which included the concepts of peace, coexistence and community peace and the importance of the role of community initiatives and contributions in promoting community cohesion. A total of 56 males and 44 females benefited from the awareness sessions in Al-Sabeen directorates. In Maeen, 59 males and 39 females benefited from the sessions. The focus of these sessions was on participation from different segments of the community, including the host community, displaced persons, marginalized groups and people with special needs.

Here is a graph showing the number and type of people targeted in the awareness sessions

Activity 4: Supporting youth groups participate in the preparation of a public policy paper on the role of youth in achieving community peace through individual interviews and focus sessions in several northern and southern governorates to be disseminated to organizations and agencies working in peace building and social cohesion.