Islamic Relief (IR) Yemen played host to the Humanitarian Forum (HF) last month in a three-day meeting to discuss the capacity building of local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) within the country.
The meeting, held October 27-29 2008 at the Sana’a Sheraton, Yemen, and attended by local and international NGOs and prominent members of the Yemeni Government saw members of the Humanitarian Forum steering committee come together to discuss their future activities, with each country director discussing their local strategy.
“The steering committee meeting in Yemen was an historic meeting held to launch the Humanitarian Forum in Yemen which is supported by His Excellency the President and his cabinet. The meeting was very well attended by a delegation from UN OCHA, ICRC, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, British Red Cross, The Islamic Development Bank and local organisations from Yemen, Indonesia and Sudan,” said Dr Hany El Banna, chairman of the board of trustees of the Humanitarian Forum.
“The meeting represented the birth of a local forum which will be able to produce national leaders and international leaders who can be a part of the international humanitarian family,” he added.
El Banna pointed out that the meeting was held at a critical time for Yemen, due to the recent flooding in Hadramaut, but that despite this many key government officials attended, including the Minister of Social Welfare.
“He came believing in the importance of the role the forum will be playing and its international contribution,” El Banna said.
The HF was established in 2004 and works to improve relationships between humanitarian and charitable organisations in Muslim countries, those in the West and the multi-lateral system. The forum provides a platform for dialogue, helps promote mutual understanding, supports capacity building, promotes humanitarian standards and attempts to improve communication and cooperation.