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Project ID:00081460Description:PBF/IRF-46 Elections (Yemen)
Peacebuilding Fund
Start Date *: 3 Feb 2012
PBF Immediate Response
End Date*: 30 Jun 2014
Country: Yemen Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   UNDP - UNDP(MDTF/PUNO only).

Project Description:

In light of recent high levels of political and armed conflict characterized by armed violence and continued political tension between the different political groups and formal and informal opposition, the Phase I of this project will help ensure the organization of successful participatory elections, with engagement of youth, women and marginalized groups, paving the to a smooth and nonviolent transitional period for the new Government of National Unity. 


Gender Marker Score: 2


PBF Priority Area(s) and Outcomes:

Priority Area 2. Promote coexistence and peaceful conflict resolution

Good governance, transparency of public financial management improved and corruption addressed, e.g. through support of peaceful, free and fair election processes, enhanced local governance capacity and decentralization of authority, as well as to initiatives that promote accountable civilian leadership and proper parliamentary oversight



Outputs and Key Activities:

The aim of the project is to support the Government of Yemen (GoY), and the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER), in particular, in reinforcing the electoral cycle by conducting fair, open and inclusive elections within the terms of the agreed GCC Initiative (signed in Riyadh on 23 November, 2011 by the ruling and the opposition parties). The project will adopt a two-phase approach: Phase One, where PBF support is requested, will focus on the early presidential elections scheduled for 21 February, 2012; Phase Two will focus on electoral reforms, the expected referendum on the new/revised constitution, as well as post-referendum elections. The capacity of the SCER will be reinforced during both phases, at the institutional and individual levels. Support will be provided from a multi-partners basket fund to ensure coordination and cost-effectiveness.

The output of the project is 2 Presidential, 1 Parliamentary and 1 local councils’ elections supported and one constitutional referendum conducted within the transitional period 2011-2014. The project has four key activity results: 1) Resources required for the smooth running of the February 2012 early Presidential Elections mobilized; 2) i) Goods and services for the first 90 days President elections procured and put in place; 2 ii) SCER Capacity gaps at central and local levels addressed; 3) Communication, engagement and advocacy needs identified, and an action plan prepared with a timeline; and 4) Voters’ registry updated for forthcoming elections and database management reconfigured. Phase I will focus on results 1, 2 and 3, with only initial work carried out for results 4.

Given the extremely tight deadline to hold the February 2012 Elections, PBF funding is essential to ensure the organization of technically sound elections that will safeguard the country form entering into long-term violence and instability that might spread in the region. PBF funding will be critical in ensuring that voter turnout rates increase, that elections-related violence is reduced and that the elections receive necessary support to enable a smooth, nonviolent and stable process and E-day. PBF support will also play a catalytic function to show the UN commitment towards the process and attract more development partners for both Phase I and II of the project.

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