Detailed study of challenges to local governance in Yemen and how local councils are coping with conflict. Includes case studies and recommendations.
This paper serves as an attempt to instigate and inform policy discussions amongst local, regional and international stakeholders regarding how they can best assist Yemen’s local councils in restoring public services and state legitimacy, stabilizing the security and humanitarian situations, and creating the conditions for a durable peace and socio-economic development.
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