Where we work
Within and Without the State works in the following countries:
In Kabul we have been working to strengthen a civil society network and peace process (including empowering women to take part). In Kunduz, we work with women and religious leaders on resolving conflict, tackling harmful traditional practices, and expanding the culture of tolerance. Find out more about our work in Afghanistan.
Occupied Palestinian Territories / Israel
In Gaza, we are building the capacity of NGOs and community-based organisations to address the specific needs of women with disabilities and their access to essential services. This involves working with community groups to develop contingency plans should conflict erupt again. Find out more about our work in Gaza.
In South Sudan we are building cooperation and accountability between civil society and the state as well strengthening women's empowerment at the household level and local level peace mediation. Find out more about our work in South Sudan.
Democratic Republic of Congo
We are beginning a programme in Equateur modelled on the Community Protection Committees in Eastern Congo. These identify protection issues and work between communities and armed groups to broker peaceful solutions. Find out more about our work in the DRC.
Following the 2011 uprising, increasing tensions between the northern Shia Houthi and the Hadi regime escalated into full-scale civil war in Spring 2015 with a Saudi-led bombing campaign causing widespread casualties and loss to vital infrastructure.
WWS began its focus on Yemen in Phase I of the programme in 2013 with some inputs into governance structures and identifying development plans that would benefit local communities. WWS worked with local CSO groups to help them identify their strengths and weaknesses as well as supporting them in developing their role in civil society.
The context however, was rapidly shifting and a new opportunity was identified as the power between the state, regions and local administrative areas was being re-negotiated by the Constitutional Drafting Committee. The aim of Phase II was to work with civil society in two governorates (Aden and Hodeidah) in order to coordinate with the local government on district investment plans. WWS also sought to work with CSOs to influence legislation on the new constitution which was in development and secure free access to basic services for those with special needs.
When widespread fighting erupted in March 2015 it became increasingly difficult for the country office to operate. The focus shifted to the humanitarian response and it became very hard for civil society groups to function. The country programme reluctantly decided to suspend WWS activities to avoid putting CSOs at further risk from armed groups.