Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

Tribes, Conflict and Rural Livelihood in Yemen

28 June 2010 - 5:15pm to 6:45pm

Chatham House, London


Nadwa al-Dawsari, Executive Director, Partners Yemen
Gavin Hales, Lead Researcher, the Small Arms Survey's Yemen Armed Violence Assessment
Henry Thompson, Independent consultant on Yemen
Chair: Carolyn Hayman OBE, Chief Executive, Peace Direct



With renewed focus on al-Qaeda's activities in Yemen and conflicts rising in frequency and intensity, tribes are coming under increasingly vulnerable scrutiny. The lack of security, hindering donor assistance, coupled with weak state institutions widely available small arms and deteriorating traditional conflict resolution systems all contribute to disproportionately intense challenges for tribal regions.

The speakers will discuss what tribes represent in today's Yemen - politically, economically and socially - and current efforts to develop and stabilise tribal areas. They will also examine the impact of small arms and light weapons proliferation on social conflict in Yemen.

This event will be held on the record.

Attendance is by invitation only.

For more information please contact the Yemen Forum.

More information on the Middle East and North Africa Programme's Yemen Forum >>

About the Speakers:

Nadwa al-Dawsari is the Executive Director of Partners for Democratic Change in Yemen, an NGO which supports civil society development, conflict resolution, leadership development, and civic engagement in tribal areas in Yemen.

Gavin Hales is the Lead Researcher of the Yemen Armed Violence Assessment. He lived in Sana'a from November 2007 to March 2010.

Henry Thompson is a development consultant with a background in rural livelihoods. He has over 10 years experience in Yemen, working primarily on environmental and social impact statements for the oil and mining sector.

Carolyn Hayman co-founded Peace Direct and is now Chief Executive. After a career in DFID, the Cabinet Office and Venture Capital, she joined the Foyer Federation as Chief Executive in 1997.