The most poignant question I have found myself asking about the dire situation in Yemen is how to fix it? To date, the only answer I can think of is an investment in human capital. The reason I say this is because I have been privileged enough to meet several great field grade Army officers through ROTC. They all say the same thing, investing in people is how you solve problems across a million-person organization, like the Army.
Perhaps a similar means for resolve as simple as it sounds could benefit Yemen. As dire as the illiteracy rates are and how alarming the lack of media coverage due to depleted infrastructure are in Yemen, maybe investing in human capital and institutions could aid in this cause.
It is worth noting, the World Bank has provided immense aid to Yemen, to the tune of billions of dollars. While helpful, this has not resolved the “greatest humanitarian crisis” in the world to date.
Specifically, I believe that providing funding directly to Yemeni news outlets is the path forward to resolve.
The fact that being anyone within the press or even staff of say a newspaper company such as Al-Masdar is not only risky, it also does not pay. The more I study Yemen, I notice that salaries of individuals within the civil service and media sectors often go unpaid.
This same funding issue also relates to advertising, simply put newspapers aren’t going out to a public where millions can’t even read!