By NY Staff
The World Bank (WB) has announced a grant of $8 million to support Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Yemen.
In a statement, Saba has obtained, the grant approved by the WB Board of Executive Directors for Yemen’s CSOs Support Project has come in response to the Yemeni government’s request to support CSOs and strengthen their role in the state building process.
The project consists of two mutually reinforcing components that will strengthen the enabling environment for CSOs at the national level and build their capacities to participate in development projects in which citizen engagement is part of the core design.
According to the statement, the project chiefly aims to simplify the registration regulations governing the non-governmental sector to increase transparency and ease the entry of new CSOs. The project will also provide training in social accountability and small grants for putting the learning into practice.
“CSOs in Yemen are among the most vibrant in the Middle East and North Africa region,” said Wael Zakout, WB Yemen Country Manager.
He indicated to the growing number of the working organizations on economic, social, human and humanitarian rights, saying “we believe they have an important and integral role to play in the future development of the new Yemen.”