Middle East and Northern Africa

Lebanon 2014

Act for the Disappeared

Conflict Resolution


History of the Disappeared

To promote a national reconciliation process that clarifies the fate of the disappeared in Lebanon and restores dignity to the victims. Act for the Disappeared will create and launch an interactive Arabic-language memorial database on the missing and disappeared from Lebanon’s civil war.

Arab Group for Christian-Muslim Dialogue

Conflict Resolution


Public Forum for National Dialogue

To promote debate and discussion on national reconciliation and the future of Lebanon.  The Arab Group for Christian-Muslim Dialogue will lead four regional seminars and two national conferences on national reconciliation, civil peace, and the prospects for administrative decentralization.

Center for International Private Enterprise

Civic Education


Expanding Entrepreneurship Education to the National Level

To incorporate the democratic concepts of civic education and entrepreneurship in education curricula; develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills and civic participation among youth; and encourage the private sector, civil society, and institutions of higher education to encourage their collective stake in fostering a culture of entrepreneurship through mentorship. CIPE and its partner Development for People and Nature Association will further develop and incorporate entrepreneurship curriculum in the Lebanese educational system; strengthen the capacity of its alumni network; launch an entrepreneurship internship center; and lead innovative Global Entrepreneurship Week events.

Maharat Foundation

Freedom of Information


Media Reform Initiative

To strengthen Lebanon’s media sector and reform its legal framework. Maharat Foundation will mobilize journalists, media activists, and parliamentarians in support of a media law that protects journalists’ rights. Maharat will lead a working group to draft a law on the rights and responsibilities of journalists, and conduct 12 roundtables to debate and discuss the draft. At the end of the roundtable series, Maharat will mobilize support to pass the draft law.


Human Rights


Challenging Censorship

To raise awareness of the censorship law’s implementation and advocate for revised legislation that supports freedom of expression. MARCH staff and a team of artists, scriptwriters and journalists will write and submit five scripts to the censorship bureau, testing the application of Lebanon’s censorship law. It will then organize public awareness campaigns to highlight the bureau’s responses. MARCH will also stage a production of “Bto2ta2 aw ma Bto2ta2: The Sequel,” documenting its efforts to gain approval for a play about censorship.

Partnership Center for Development and Democracy



Youth Journalists Advocating for Change

To strengthen youth participation in advancing media and information freedoms. PCDD will work with its established 20-member youth group to advocate for changes to the Lebanese law on political publications. PCDD will lead four days of practical and theoretical training on advocacy campaigns. It will then mentor the group as it designs its advocacy campaign, meets with decision makers, prepares press statements, and conducts a final conference.

Sho’oun Janoubia

Freedom of Information


Sho’oun Janoubia Magazine

To strengthen a forum for dialogue and to energize civic debate among all citizens of southern Lebanon, with an emphasis on women and youth. Sho’oun Janoubia will publish 12 issues of its monthly 44-page flagship publication Sho’oun Janoubia, exploring issues related to political, cultural, educational, and societal developments in southern Lebanon, and maintain its news website.

The Lebanese Center for Active Citizenship



Improving Municipal Responsiveness

To engage civic groups with municipal councils regarding their responsiveness to basic citizen rights, especially in conflict-prone and marginalized communities. The Center  will lead a training and advocacy program on the issue of adequate municipal services for youth in Lebanon’s second largest city, Tripoli. Participants will be trained on municipal services, civil rights and duties, and social media. LCAC and its trainees will then collect data on municipal service delivery and file appropriate case documentation with the municipality’s complaints office.

Grant descriptions are from the 2014 NED Annual Report

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