Building a Shared Vision for Economic Reform in Yemen

Following the 2011 popular uprising that toppled a decades-long authoritarian regime, Yemen began transitioning to democracy. The uprising was largely in response to the systemic failure of the previous regime to adopt policies capable of generating economic opportunity.

Private sector and civil society participation in policymaking is key to strengthening Yemen’s business environment, spurring economic growth, and ultimately safeguarding Yemen’s democratic transition. To overcome the poverty, inequality, and patronage that fragments society and undermines the long term viability of the transition process in Yemen civil society, the business community and political leaders need work together to build consensus on a roadmap for reform.

Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference (NDC) is a six-month consultative process composed of 565 delegates, representing rival factions and marginalized groups, designed to include all relevant stakeholders in rebuilding the political and legal framework that governs Yemen. The National Dialogue is unique among countries in the region and its outcome will determine the country’s institutional framework and transitional trajectory.

To help build legitimacy and agreement on economic reforms and ensure buy-in from Yemeni citizens, the private sector, and government officials, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and its local partners the Political Development Forum (PDF), the Studies and Economic Media Center (SEMC), and the Human Rights Information & Training Center (HRITC)