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Société civile, associations et pouvoir local au Yémen

Sarah Ben Nefissa
Maggy Grabundzija
Jean Lambert

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Jean Lambert

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1The idea to organize a conference on the associations in Yemen emerged at the French Center of Archeology and Social Sciences in Sanaa in 2004. At the beginning of 2005, several researchers gathered together during two seminars, presenting their ideas which were to serve as basis for the workshop of 2006. In the meantime, the Embassy of France launched its FSP Governing, Democracy and Security project, in the framework of which Alain Moreau, the ambassador of France, agreed to finance this research. Let he be thanked him here for this.

2The workshop was made possible thanks to the conception of Sara Ben Nefissa, a researcher at IRD, Cairo, and a specialist in the civil society in the Arab World. However, on the spot, it was Maggy Grabundzija, a PhD student at CEFAS and a specialist in gender issues in Yemen, who adjusted the program and carried out the organization of all technical support. The Friedrich Ebert German foundation joined us thanks to its director Felix Ekenberg with whom we have established mutually beneficial cooperation which last until now. We were also joined by the Afif cultural foundation thanks to its president Mr. Ahmed Jaber Afif and to its executive director and our friend Abd al‑Bari Taher: let them be all thanked here.

3Thus, a conference was held from July the 1st through July the 3rd, 2006, in the Ramada hotel, Hadda (with support from the British Council). It was inaugurated by Mrs. Khadija al‑Haysami, minister of Human Rights and Mr. Moureau, the ambassador of France. Three days of intensive debates followed, marked with active participation on all sides and with an in-depth analysis performed by highly qualified researchers.

4The present edition allowed adding several presentations which were omitted at the conference, especially those dealing with the decentralization and local authorities. Finally, Sheila Carapico’s and Jean Lambert’s concluding articles attempt at making a primary synthesis of these works.

5Such a publication was not easy to produce, especially concerning linguistic aspects, for it was necessary to enable everyone to understand each other’s position despite the language barrier Arabic, French and English. A solution of the problem was found which consisted in presenting the articles in two identically structured volumes, one in Arabic, and the other in French and English. Thus, for each article in Arabic, there is a corresponding summary in French in the other volume; to each article in French or in English there corresponds a summary in Arabic. Both the volumes were supplemented by a series of summaries in English. In this way, though the major part of the texts is in Arabic, their contents are available to readers worldwide.

6For the final elaboration of my concluding article, I wish to thank for their proof reading or suggestions: Sheila Carapico, Maggy Grabundzija, Laurent Bonnefoy, Sami Ghaleb, Juliette Honvault and also Jamila Ali Raja for her always judicious advice.

7For the production of the work I wish to thank: for summaries: Juliette Honvault, Kahyna Abdelkrim, Marine Poirier, Frederike Barthe; for editing and page layout: Majid al‑Madhaji, Nicolas Schmaltz and Marie-Stéphane Bonne; for translation: Fayruz Maqtari, Frederike Barthe, Bechir Muhalla and Kostyantyn Filonenko; for coordination: Kahina Abdelkrim; and for management and administration Felix Eikenberg (director of Yemen FES).

8Sanaa, March, the 28, 2008

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