The Yemen Parliament Watch (YPW) project worked together with parliamentarians, journalists and youth with the goal to enhance accountability and communication. YPW has become a central hub of information and data for members of parliament, concerned civil society organizations, journalists, and citizens. The YPW website is the most comprehensive collection of information on the Yemeni parliament.
In the framework of the YPW project, Yemen Polling Center has trained parliamentarians, journalists and youth activists on parliament-society, as well as parliament-media relations. Besides regular parliament performance reports, YPW publishes session minutes and news articles on parliamentary developments and assists journalists focused on the Yemeni parliament. In 2012, the Yemen Polling Center established the Yemen Association for Parliamentary Journalists. In the same year, it also established its first Youth Lobby Group, with the goal to connect it with Yemeni parliamentarians. Status: Inactive Funding: EU & MEPI Established: 2009.
The Yemeni state has collapsed at the national level, with the parliament not operating. The transition process initiated in November 2011 failed. In September 2014, the Houthis, an armed rebel group, took over state institutions in the capital and orchestrated a coup. Since March 2015 the population is experiencing the consequences of civil war and military intervention by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia. YPW is now on halt. Nevertheless, YPC is convinced that political institutions such as the parliament will be crucial in post-war reconstruction efforts. YPC also believes that it is important to enable the citizenry to hold government institutions accountable, and to make government institutions more responsive to the needs of the people. Only then can popular trust in state institutions be built