The Center of Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) are co-organizing an Expert Workshop on 'Comparing European Union and Gulf States Humanitarian Donors in Yemen'. The workshop will be held on 21 March 2023 at 9:00 a.m. (Doha Time) – F1 – Second Floor – The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies.

Despite their humanitarian commitment to Yemen (and to other humanitarian crises globally), the Gulf States and the European countries vary in their approaches to tackle humanitarian disasters. While the European countries prefer to direct their funds to the affected countries through international agencies, the Gulf States are in favour of allocating funds to recipient countries directly. Further, while the humanitarian assistance is expected to be neutral, there are mutual claims that it became politicised. Finally, there is no agreement between the Gulf States and the European countries on how to operationalise the notion of a humanitarian-development-peace nexus in the context of the war in Yemen and other conflicts.  

The workshop will involve the participation of 25 invited experts from academia, think tanks, policymakers, and development and humanitarian agencies from within the EU and the Gulf, including Yemen. Its main purpose is to increase knowledge on the effectiveness of humanitarian and development aid in the context of Yemen, through a novel comparison of donors from the Gulf and EU. The workshop aims to bring together aid communities from two different parts of the world to build bridges, facilitate common understanding, and foster greater humanitarian and development coordination and partnerships.


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