The Berghof Foundation in partnership with the Political Development Forum – Yemen (PDFY) is implementing the European Union (EU) and the Kingdom of the Netherlands funded project, Strengthening Community Safety in Yemen. The project is based on the rationale that in order to feel safe, communities need both access to and knowledge of the legal system (irrespective of whether this is the statutory or customary law), a sense of fair conduct, and a police force which they can trust and which serves the law and is non-partisan. As the perception of the police and of local law enforcement is key, the starting point for any effort to increase the effectiveness of the police and legal system is to enhance trust, transparency and accountability of these service providers, taking the needs and concerns of local communities into account. This, in turn, will create trust on the part of communities towards the police and legal system.
The overall aim of the project is to contribute to the stabilisation of the country through improved inclusive local security and community safety approaches. It runs until December 2021.
The specific objectives of the project are:
Community Safety is a widely used concept describing modern forms in which state authorities and (local and national) communities work together in order to ensure safety and security within the state and in local and regional communities. Community Safety aims at promoting public safety by engaging all relevant parties who are important for ensuring safety whether at home, at work, or in public. This includes, therefore, not only the communities themselves, but also local governments, educational institutions, business communities, religious leaders, tribal leaders, and the security and justice providers.
The concept of Community Safety is based on various principles. A few key ones are presented here:
The Berghof Foundation is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organisation based in Germany which supports efforts to prevent political and social violence, and to achieve sustainable peace through conflict transformation. The organisation is run by a diverse team working closely with like-minded partners in selected regions, to enable conflict stakeholders and actors to develop non-violent responses in the face of conflict-related challenges. In doing so, Berghof relies on the knowledge, skills and resources available in the areas of conflict research, peace support and peace education. Learn More »
The Political Development Forum (PDF-Yemen) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental institution for intellectual and cultural activities which was established for the principle Towards Safe and Sustainable Political Development. The Political Development Forum (PDF-Yemen) is the carrier of comprehensive and sustainable development as it contributes to the realisation of wide-spread and effective political participation as a means of achieving safe and secure political development. Learn More »
The Member States of the European Union have decided to link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders. Learn More »
The Netherlands focuses on contributing to humanitarian aid, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. As a long-term donor, the Netherlands has built up a good reputation in Yemen and supports various programs and activities in the field of security & rule of law, public health, and water & sanitation. Learn More »