About Foundation Who We Are


The predecessor of YLDF, Girls World Communication Center (GWCC), was established in 1998, as the first language Center in Yemen catering exclusively to girls. In 2001, it was recognized by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education. This center is the first institute in Yemen specialized in providing training programs for girls. It offers currently a comprehensive development program, which includes training in language and computer courses, training in leadership, management, human rights, democracy, methods of scientific research, in addition it also provides training of trainers and others professionals.

The Center is successfully running and is popular within the community as a learning centre which provides an encouraging and safe environment for young girls. It continues to offer both fee-paying and scholarship programs for girls and an opportunity to learn in a safe and stimulating environment and to participate in all domains of the public sphere equally with males regardless of their social or economic background. The GWCC also offers opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience within the business community of Sana’a.

In 2005, the Center was incorporated into the Youth Leadership Development Foundation along with Youth Economic Development Center.

Youth Economic Development Center (YEDC) initially was launched in 2005 in partnership between CHF international organization and YLDF with support from MEPI. The program aimed to improve manpower skills and capacity building of 500 male and female young people, in order to make them competitive in the labor market and enable them to face the economic challenges. In view of tremendous success of this program, YLDF decided to continue this program and expand its activities through establishing Youth Economic Development Center in 2006 with support from MEPI and Canadian Development Program. Members of Business Advisory Board and participants in setting up the centre include experts, businessmen and academicians. The center mainly trains Yemeni young males and females to become economically secure and socially established and make them able to participate in all domains of economic life in which merit and attitude transcend social status and gender.

Our Partners

  • British Council

  • Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Canadian Government

  • Canadian Nexen

  • Foundation For the Future

  • Friedrich Ebert Stifung

  • Glamour

  • IDRC

  • IREX

  • MEPI

  • Yemen Government

  • NED

  • Silatech

  • SFD

  • Total


  • Unknown

  • United Nations


  • Yemen LNG Company

  • Care


  • UN Women

  • OCHA

  • ILO


  • Saxion

  • GIZ


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