Report Launch: “The Political Economy of Water Conflicts in Yemen”

On Wednesday, 19 November 2014, The Hague Institute launched the report “The political economy of water conflicts in Yemen” at a dedicated high level Roundtable in Sana’a, Yemen. This report was commissioned by the Dutch Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen and was written by a project team led by The Hague Institute.

Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Arab region and is faced with political instability. An acute water crisis looms over the country, as Yemenis are amongst those populations with the lowest water availability per capita in the world.

Water scarcity in Yemen is a human security threat. Each year 2,500 people die as a result of water-related conflicts, according to unofficial estimates. Therefore, prevention and adaptation strategies are needed for the local, regional, and national level that are based on a robust understanding of the various sources of insecurity, their interdependency and cumulative conflict potential.

Despite research and aid work in Yemen in recent years, significant knowledge gaps remain, especially concerning the use of national and local rules and procedures for solving water-related conflicts.

The team has analyzed how water conflicts arise in specific cases and to which formal and traditional dispute resolution mechanisms stakeholders resort. By doing so, the team addresses the role and effectiveness of formal and traditional rules and practices in water related conflicts.

This project has developed policy relevant recommendations for the Dutch Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen, for the prevention and the resolution of water-related conflicts, by assessing the political economy of water governance in Yemen.

On Wednesday 19 November 2014 The Hague Institute launched the report “The political economy of water conflicts in Yemen” during a dedicated high level Roundtable in Sana’a, Yemen. This report was commissioned by the Dutch Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen and was written by a project team led by The Hague Institute.

The Roundtable brought together a group of high-level representatives from several Ministries in Yemen, the Dutch Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sana’a, Yemen, international donors and other representatives involved in solving water conflicts in Yemen.

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