Maqbouli and Tawoos meet with the representative of international cooperation in the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Deputy Prime Minister for Services and Development, Dr. Hussein Maqbouli, and the Secretary-General of SCMCHA,Abdul Mohsen Tawoos, met today with the representative of international cooperation in the Swedish Foreign Ministry Frederick Lee Helson and his accompanying delegation.
The meeting discussed issues related to humanitarian work , the obstacles and problems facing it, including those related to field surveys and large operating expenses of projects.
In the meeting, Dr. Maqbouli confirmed that SCMCHA is the only way to facilitate the organizations work instead of going to ministries in order to obtain permits as well as facilitate humanitarian work, stressing that the donor sums must go to the beneficiaries directly without shortage where the organizations must be aware of this matter .
The donor must be fully aware of the amounts that reach the beneficiaries and that are deducted from them for the benefit of operational expenditures.
The Secretary General of SCMCHA expressed his thanks to the State of Sweden for its support to Yemen despite the blockade and aggression, while the donor countries disavowed in providing support for Yemen, stressing the keenness of the Yemeni government and SCMCHA of applying International standards for humanitarian work in Yemen.
Tawoos briefed the visiting delegation on the facilities provided by SCMCHA of Organizations in implementing projects, Indicating that despite this, some organizations accuse the Yemeni government of obstructing humanitarian work and plundering aid, stressing that these allegations may affect donors because the voice of Yemen does not reach them.
He pointed out the importance of the visit in informing the donors about the facts and knowing where the imbalance lies.
Tawoos explained that there are some organizations that spend (72%) operating expenses and this is inconsistent with the principles of humanitarian work, indicating that Yemen has been suffering for seven years while aid is still urgent.
He also confirmed that it is necessary to move to sustainable solutions and livelihood projects so that the citizen depends on themselves.
He also confirmed the keenness of the Sana’a government to quickly complete the biometric survey project, which began experimentally at the beginning of the year 2020 in three districts in Amanat Al-Asimah, and work is still ongoing despite the facilities provided by SCMCHA.
Tawoos pointed out that, during his visit to Yemen, the Executive Director of the Food Program, David Beasley, was briefed on many facts, especially related to the survey and the damages caused to the beneficiaries due to the slow implementation of the survey.
For his part, the international cooperation official at the Swedish Foreign Ministry thanked the government in Sana’a and the Supreme Council for Humanitarian Affairs, stressing the Swedish government’s keenness and commitment to providing aid to the Yemeni people.
He also confirmed that the humanitarian situation in Yemen is the worst in the world and that the Swedish government is committed to mobilizing funding for the Yemeni people.
He pointed out that there are work that will be carried out through the council, pointing out that the meetings should continue periodically with SCMCHA to address the problems.