Lebanon 2020

Advancing Evidence-based Policy in Crisis Management

American University of Beirut (AUB)

$48,200

To monitor the repercussions of Lebanon’s economic crisis and advance evidence-based policy reforms that respond to citizen priorities. The organization will field surveys to assess the direct impact of the crisis on respondents’ livelihoods and well-being, produce an analysis report and an infographic and lead a stakeholder dialogue session following each survey. The organization will also produce a synthesis report of its findings and a policy brief on recommendations, and disseminate them at a public event.

Advocating for Legislative Anti-Corruption Tools

Lebanese Transparency Association – No Corruption

$38,000

To hold the national government accountable on anti-corruption. The organization will develop and launch an advocacy campaign on legislative anti-corruption tools. This will comprise organizing trainings for youth on advocacy tactics and approaches, developing a training toolkit, conducting training of trainer sessions for local leaders, holding information sessions on current legislation and proposals for amendments, and launching a school to equip young professionals to advance the field of anti-corruption.

Challenging Censorship

MARCH

$40,000

To advocate for freedom of expression and revised legislation that supports it. The grantee will continue to support a group of youth to build a culture of citizenship rooted in personal freedoms and democracy by raising awareness and highlighting the need for reform. They will also create a space for constructive dialogue that encourages important conversations around personal freedoms and acceptance of differences through a digital platform. Finally, the organization will also engage with various stakeholders to advance the fight against censorship.

Energizing Civic Debate

Sho’oun Janoubia

$80,000

To strengthen an independent forum for dialogue and to energize civic debate among all citizens of southern Lebanon. The organization will support a broad platform for civic dialogue, publish magazine issues, maintain its daily news and analysis website, and facilitate seminars on political, educational, and societal matters in the region.

Leaders for Economic Reform

Lebanese Institute for Market Studies

$35,000

To promote economic reform efforts that align with a market economy. The organization will organize a leadership academy that comprises two workshops, online mentoring and a policy fair. It will also mentor civic and political activists in the development of economic reform proposals to effectively present and advocate to policymakers.

Media Recovery Fund

Samir Kassir Foundation

$100,000

To strengthen independent media as it recovers and centers its focus on government accountability. The organization will launch a media recovery initiative to support Lebanese media scene that was heavily hit by the recent explosion in Beirut. Through this effort, it will support the replacement of destroyed equipment, repairs to offices, provide health insurance for journalists, and coordinate an investigative report on the explosion.

Mobilizing Champions for Market-Based Economic Recovery

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$462,144

To enhance business association capacity to serve and represent members and to promote private sector perspectives and market-based solutions to Lebanon’s economic crisis. The organization will build the capacity of the national manufacturing association of Lebanon as an effective service provider and advocate for its embattled private sector constituency. It will also partner with leading think tanks to provide analysis of critical issues and promote market-based solutions for economic recovery in Lebanon.

Monitoring Government Responsiveness to Citizen Demands

Maharat Foundation

$40,000

To promote accountability over government responsiveness to citizens’ demands. The organization’s journalist and multi-media editor will monitor the government’s response to citizen demands through media coverage. The project will produce and disseminate in-depth stories and illustrative videos that analyze relevant topics, with an emphasis on evaluating and explicating government promises of reform.

National Campaign for the Disappeared

Act for the Disappeared

$35,000

To promote a national reconciliation process that clarifies the fate of the disappeared in Lebanon and restores dignity to the victims. The grantee will continue to raise awareness of the issue of the disappeared by holding 12 informational sessions, monitoring and documenting gravesites, updating its database to include additional research collaboration, and publishing a report on the needs of the families of the disappeared.

Promoting Issue-Based Politics II

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$700,000

To promote issue-based political discourse, the organization will amplify alternative voices in civil society, using public opinion polling and trainings to help them develop effective strategies to advocate to political leaders and to educate and mobilize citizens on top policy priorities. To assist reform-minded political parties and independent candidates to compete against established political actors, the organization will conduct capacity building trainings for nascent organizations, party democracy trainings for established organizations, and seminars for civil society and political parties to facilitate citizen-responsive platforms.

Protecting Public Space

NAHNOO Association

$30,000

To hold government officials accountable through engaging youth in advocacy campaigns for open access and the protection of public spaces. The organization and its community action teams will lead civic initiatives, launch an advocacy campaign to redesign Horsh Beirut Park, produce a feasibility study on Ramlet al Bayda beach, and lead a workshop to demand local municipality accountability for the redevelopment of Tyre Garden.

Youth Activism for Lebanese Accountability (YALA!)

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$750,000

To prepare Lebanese youth to more effectively hold their government accountable. The institute will lead a course on the principles of civic engagement, debate and dialogue skills, and advocacy and accountability campaigns. To increase youth engagement with elected officials, the institute and partners will organize roundtables with local and national decision-makers, and support them as they lead advocacy and accountability campaigns. To deepen youth ability to engage in evidence-based debate, the institute and its partners will support youth debates training and regional youth debates exchanges.

Youth Leaders for Tomorrow

Nokta Fasle

$30,000

To strengthen youth leadership capabilities among their local communities in southern Lebanon. The organization will continue to work with a cadre of youth activists at its youth clubs in southern Lebanon. The grantee and its youth club union will lead 12 dialogue sessions, develop a training guide, produce a visual campaign comprising infographics and videos, and host a national conference on education curriculum reform.