Young men constitute a large proportion of the population in Yemen, so young men and women in Yemen today are more educated and knowledgeable about technology than their predecessors. This matter contributed to enhancing the effectiveness of their societal participation through influencing public policy making. As a result, youth became an integral part of leading the desired change that they sought to achieve in the year 2011 when the so-called youth revolution broke out in Yemen that led to a political change that absorbed political parties away from the aspirations of the youth group, which still faces great challenges in finding opportunities. It enables them to participate effectively in the decision-making processes and contribute to influencing the public policy-making process in the country. With this exclusion space, there is a narrow margin through which young people in Yemen were able to move forward towards achieving their aspirations and aspirations, and among those young people is a softer light!.
Nebras Anam is a 27-year-old man from Taiz Governorate, who holds a BA in Information Technology. Since his early years, he worked in many community activities, especially those related to protecting children and providing them with the requirements of a decent living. With the outbreak of the ongoing conflict in Yemen in 2015, he turned to work in the aspect of conflict resolution and peace building as an extension of his aspirations in seeking to promote peace and societal stability.
In mid-2018, Nebras joined the Public Policy Fellowship Program, which came within the project of engaging civil society in peacebuilding "Leaders for Development", which was implemented by the "Resonin! Yemen" Foundation in partnership with the Public Policy and Public International Law Group (PILPG). The aim of the program, which lasted as a first stage over a period of 6 months, was to support young people with high qualifications and potential, and who wanted to participate in public affairs. By giving them the opportunity to work closely with officials of the local authorities in the governorates of (Sana'a - Aden - Taiz - Hadramout - Marib).
During the course of the program, Nebras, along with the rest of his fellow fellows, received training in leadership skills, policy analysis, advocacy, and public outreach. In addition to the life behaviors and personal skills that the Raneen Foundation sought to provide during the implementation phases of the program to enhance the capabilities of the participants to achieve community development and establish the foundations for community peace.
After completing the program, Nibras prepared a policy paper entitled: “War is an incubating environment for addiction and youth are the victims.” The paper sought to shed light on the phenomenon of drug abuse by a wide range of young people. Which has become rampant in some of the most important Yemeni cities, and during the length of the war it found an incubating and fertile environment for it to grow.
The Public Policy Fellowship Program has provided many opportunities for Nebras to move towards the realization of his goals and aspirations. The most prominent of these opportunities was his enrollment in one of the most important fellowship programs in the Middle East and North Africa, the Democracy Pioneers Program (LDF), which is implemented by the American Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) through the World Learning Foundation.
Nebras is currently working as a researcher and consultant on conflict issues and peace building in Yemen. He also holds the position of Executive Director of the Civil Coalition for Peace CAP-Ye, which was established at the beginning of 2019 through a group of active Yemeni organizations seeking to end the war and build peace in Yemen. In addition, he participated in establishing the Peace School in Yemen, an organization specialized in working on the peace building side. Where he held the position of CEO for two years (2016-2018).
"This fellowship was not a passing step, but rather a basis for a new beginning," said Nebras, about his experience in the Policy Fellowship Program.