Advocacy for Peaceful, Constructive US Policies

The goal of our advocacy program is to reshape America’s relationship with Yemen and the Yemeni people by advancing constructive and peaceful policy alternatives based on respect for human rights and international law.

  • The YPP was founded in 2010 with the belief that American citizens have a responsibility to speak out against the brutality of America’s actions in Yemen.
  • We were among the first to challenge America’s extralegal “targeted killings” of suspected al-Qaeda members in Yemen.
  • We were also the first US organization to support Yemen’s peaceful “Arab Spring” uprising against the dictatorial regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh.
  • We currently play a leading role in efforts to end America’s participation in Yemen’s civil war, encourage American support for the UN-led peace process, increase US humanitarian assistance, and advance holistic, non-military alternatives to US counterterrorism activities in Yemen.

The YPP is the first and only advocacy organization in America dedicated entirely to Yemeni and Yemeni-American affairs. Our staff and board members have extensive contacts within Yemen and Yemeni diaspora communities. We work to highlight and amplify Yemeni voices in all our advocacy efforts, with a particular focus on the perspectives of women, youth, and other groups that have long been excluded from foreign policy considerations. Our small but skilled advocacy team in Washington, led by Director of Policy and Advocacy Eric Eikenberry, has years of experience in congressional and administration advocacy, as well as grassroots constituency-building. Since January 2017, the YPP has organized and led a coalition of human rights, humanitarian, and advocacy organizations to drive congressional engagement on Yemeni affairs. Our team has built relationships with more than 50 Senate offices and dozens of House offices on both sides of the aisle. In this short time, we have helped generate unprecedented congressional opposition to US involvement in Yemen's civil war.

Read our 2017 report
on US policy

In late 2016 we produced a comprehensive report on the current state of US involvement in Yemen, along with recommendations for the US administration and Congress. The YPP advocates the development of a more just and constructive policy, one that is in line with America’s values and its obligations under international law, and that respects the civil and human rights of the Yemeni people. Unfortunately, the actions of the Trump administration have followed an opposite approach. The recommendations published here have formed the basis of our advocacy efforts in 2017 and beyond, as we work to transform the US-Yemen relationship for the good of both Yemenis and Americans.

The Yemeni Empowerment Fund exists to help Yemeni individuals and organizations--in Yemen and the diaspora--create positive change in their communities, their countries, and the wider world. We believe that the most effective way to fulfill the mission of the Yemen Peace Project and address the challenges that face Yemenis is through local, Yemeni-run initiatives. The Fund offers small grants and non-resident fellowships--as well as administrative support and mentorship--in four areas of focus, in order to strengthen Yemeni civil society, defend the rights of all Yemenis, and increase understanding of Yemen in the wider world.

The Fund uses contributions from people who care about Yemen (like you!) to fund projects in Yemen and the Yemeni diaspora. We amplify the impact of the financial support we provide by combining it with administrative assistance, mentorship, and (when applicable) fiscal sponsorship. Our fellows and grantees will work closely with YPP staff to make sure they have the expertise and resources they need to make a difference.

Unlike large grantmaking foundations, we don’t have an endowment or a private fortune to draw from. Instead, we rely on individual donors who want to help us fulfill our mission. Click here to make a difference today by donating to the Yemeni Empowerment Fund.

Current opportunities

“Working with the YPP has been a life-saving opportunity; not only for me, but also for some close friends of mine who depend on my monthly support. In a war-torn country, work is a blessing. With rampant unemployment, and the government cutting off salaries to civil servants, I could not otherwise cover my medications and daily expenses. For women in Yemen, the challenge is double. Without the YPP’s support, I would not have been able to pursue a Master’s degree during the civil war. The YPP opened the door for me, encouraged me, and gave me the opportunity to pursue my interests and pay my university's tuition. Working with YPP was a chance to learn and enrich my potential. This fellowship has helped me to develop my critical thinking ability and given me a chance to contribute to the YPP's mission.”
—A.H., 2017 fellow

The Arwa Fellowship for Yemeni women in civil society and public service is a semester- or year-long individual, non-resident fellowship for women working in civil society or the public sector in Yemen.

Fellows will receive a grant which can be used for training, university tuition, or other professional development expenses, or to fund a specific capacity-building initiative. Fellows will work closely with YPP staff and volunteer advisors to design their initiatives or otherwise advance their civil society/public service careers.

Fellows will also assist with the YPP’s in-country programs, or conduct research and analysis in support of the YPP’s work on United States policy toward Yemen. We will tailor each fellowship to match the interests and skills of the fellow. Fellows will receive cash grants totaling $1,000-$5,000 over the course of a semester, or $2,000-$10,000 over the course of a full year.