Yemeni gov't calls int'l groups to boost transparency, correct relief work

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2019-09-14 | Since 5 Month

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The Yemeni internationally-recognized government on Friday called on donors and international organizations to correct relief work mechanism, boost transparency and review their offices' performance in Yemen.

Yemen has been racked by a 4.5-year bloody conflict between the Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.

Donors and aid groups need to amend their relief work inclusively, Yemeni minister of planning and international cooperation said, through decentralizing the distribution, reviewing the lists of their partners and local staff, and insuring the aid delivery to those need them most.

At the high-level strategic dialogue on international support for Yemen's peace process, Dr. Najib al-Auj also called for broader partnerships to include local institutions and private sector through measures enhancing the food security, providing food supplies for people at reasonable prices in all provinces, and exchanging the funds under the Aden-based Central Bank of Yemen.

Donors are urged to honor their pledges to bridge the funding gap in the humanitarian response plan, he added in Yemen's speech to the German foreign ministry-organized conference in Berlin.

The United Nations has announced the suspensionof life-saving programs in Yemen following a shortagein the funding as donorsfailed to cash their pledges they made last February at donor conference.

Donors pledged US$ 2.6 million to meet urgent needs of more than 20 million Yemenis, but less than half of the pledged funds has been received so far, according to the Assistant-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator in Yemen.

Yemen conflict hastriggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.

Minister Auj urged aid groups to disseminate financial statements clarifying how assistances are distributed and to never tolerate corruption.

Last August, a report by The Associated Press said more than ten UN aid workers, deployed to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, were accused of illicit gain, in particular cooperating with conflict powers from all parties, with the purpose of unjust enrichment from food, medicines, fuel and funds internationally donated.

The AP has obtained documents on UN internal investigations, and interviewed eight aid workers and government former officials on allegations that unqualified people were hired in high-waged posts, hundreds of thousands of dollars were deposited into workers' private accounts, tens of suspected contracts were approved without appropriate documents, and tons of donated medicines and fuel disappeared.

The Yemeniofficial government vowed then to take strict measures against agencies involved in corruption and mismanaging the relief efforts in the war-torn country.

Yemen 4.5-year war has left tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced

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