Mapping South-South Cooperation in the Arab States

Arab States

Lobbying & Enabling of Participation in Enacting of Right to Information Law

Sunday, 10 January 2016 13:26 Written by 
  • Location(s): Yemen
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Democratic Governance, Rule of Law
  • SDG(s): 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Locations in the Arab States: Yemen
  • Types in the Arab States: Solution
  • Themes in the Arab States: Democratic Governance, Rule of Law
  • SDGs in the Arab States: 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Geographic Focus: India

Thematic focus areas supported by the solution:

  • Democratic Governance - Access to Information and E-Governance.
  • Increase Transparency and Accountability at Local Council Levels.

Development challenge and key achievements:

  1. The major governance challenge that the Government was facing was lack of social accountability and access to information; thus undermining the accountability of government officials on their public spending, which also undermines the anticorruption efforts.
  2. It is imperative for any society to advance on socioeconomic and human resources; development would require people’s participation in aspects of development cycle, in which democratic governance is a nucleus in setting-up the premises for achieving development results and ensure value for money.
  3. Guidelines for Monitoring of National Budget Implementation at districts were prepared and training provided to CSOs/officials.

The comparative advantage of the solution:

  1. Increasing collection of local revenues for the local councils in 24 districts of the twelve selected governorates.
  2. Increasing the role of journalists and CSOs in fighting corruption in these selected districts. Based on the South-South cooperation between Yemeni CSOs and MKSS from India, 379 journalists and 600 members from local councils and CSOs were trained in public resources monitoring techniques. Trainees were exposed to Indian experiences including Indian national campaign for people’s rights to information. During the course of the CSO Transparency Project, some of the trained local councils started to implement and monitor budget at local level, which has resulted in conducting investigation of collection of revenues on utilities in some of local councils.
  3. The main partners being the local councils in 24 districts and CSO organizations and almost 379 journalists in these districts. The intervention has in later stage influence in the formulation of Right to Information Law, which has recently been approved by the Parliament. Fighting corruption is being part of the youth revolution agenda during the Arab Spring in Yemen in 2011.

Lessons Learned:

Start by raising awareness of what you are planning to achieve and its scale of economy. Adaptation of others’ experience, translating it into the local context and applying bottom- up approach, as well as working with identified champions to ensure continuity of change process.

Recent Annual Budget (USD): 200,000

Total Budget (USD): 150,000

Focal Point and Contact:
Walid Baharoon
Governance Team
UNDP San’aa, Yemen
Tel: +967-712222302
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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