A workshop entitled ‘Challenges Facing Local Authorities’ was held by the German foundation, Berghof, and Globalview for Peace & Development. The workshop was under the patronage of the Minister of Local Administration and Hadramout Governor on the period from 19th – 20th Nov. 2017 in Mukalla.
Twenty participants of nine different governorates in Yemen emerged from conflicts attended the workshop. The participants were representatives of the local authorities in their governorates. Each governorate was represented by two participants. The governorates participated are Aden, Lahej, Abyan, Addale’a, Shabwa, Soqatra, Almahra, Ma’areb, and Hadramout.
The opening ceremony started with a speech by Maj. Gen. Faraj Salmeen Albahsani, Governor of Hadramout, and a speech by Eng. Bader Basalma, CEO and founder of Globalview.
Maj. Gen. Albahsani launched HDIS (Hadramout Development Information System), free access to database made in cooperation with Globalview to provide authentic statistics about Hadramout.
The workshop discussed several issues in three sessions. In the first session entitled ‘Discussing and Evaluating the Experience of Local Authorities’ the discussions were divided into two parts. The participants discussed the challenges facing the governorates emerged from conflicts in Yemen generally. The main challenges were the lack of services, lack of financial resources, the security, the absence of the government due to the current conflict and the centralization of the decisions. Then they discussed the challenges facing each governorates emerged from conflicts.
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Second session entitled ‘Challenges of Local Authorities in Providing Services, Humanitarian Aids and Security in Governorates Emerging from Conflicts’. In that session the participants discussed the trends of strengthening the local authorities of the governorates so that they can achieve stability and provide basic services. The participants reviewed a number of challenges they agreed to be included within three main fields, financial resource, humanitarian aids, and services.
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Third and last session entitled ‘Ways to Strengthen the Governorates’ Authorities to Enable them Providing Services, Stability and Development’. The participants gave presented the main subjects agreed about the in the groups formed before.
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The final outcome was a list of recommendations suggested by participants to provide solutions to overcome shared challenges facing local authorities in the governorates.