Civil society projects
Started on: Monday, June 1, 2015, End date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Project description

The SWITCH-Med initiative is a regional multi-component program funded by the EU. It will be implemented through collaborative efforts by the EU, UNIDO, UNEP/MAP, SCP/RAC and UNEP-DTIE.

The overall objective of the SWITCH-Med initiative is to facilitate the shift toward Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in the southern Mediterranean Region.

The program aims to change the practices of the production and consumption of goods and services in order to decouple development and the satisfaction of the needs of the community from environmental damage. Via the elaboration of policies, demonstration activities and networking, this program will boost Green Entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean region; Empower Mediterranean Civil Society Organization (CSOs) to facilitate their shift towards more sustainable lifestyles, and to support collaborative initiatives between Green Entrepreneurs and CSOs in the Mediterranean region.

 

BIAT is implementing the project as a local contact point for Lebanon and is responsible for the following activities:

 

-          Identification and selection of local trainers on Green Entrepreneurship (a group of at least 20 candidates who will become trainers on green entrepreneurship, 10 of whom will be selected and trainer)

-          Identification and call for potential Green Entrepreneurship for the training program (160 GE, 8 workshops)

-           Identifying of local Green Entrepreneurs to be invited to the training workshops as examples of success

-          Organization of training workshops: One workshop for ten local trainers and eight workshops for 160 selected Green entrepreneurs

 

Are you a green entrepreneur? Do you have a green business startup idea in mind?

The SwitchMed Training Programme is looking for green entrepreneurs, either individuals or in a group, who can start

up and develop economic projects that will create ecological and social value. Are you one of these future green entrepreneurs? Would you like to transform your green product idea and/or service to be launched onto the market? Do you wish to launch a business that is capable of generating added value at all levels economic, environmental and social?

 Submit your application on: http://goo.gl/forms/y2OtyGtaw0

For more info: http://biatcenter.org/assets/uploads/switchmed.pdf

Project overall objectives

The overall objective of the SWITCH-Med initiative is to facilitate the shift toward Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in the southern Mediterranean Region.

Started on: Thursday, September 6, 2012, End date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Project description

 

1-         Project goals: The project aims to build capacity for education reform by supporting the governmental agencies                   through provision of research, training of trainers, coaching and mentoring.

2-         Project activities:

         1)      Evaluate and develop the citizenship education curricula and its learning and teaching resources;

         2)      Teachers and administrators to implement an active citizenship program; and

         3)      Develop a democratic school environment through parent and student councils and community service              programs. 

        

Project activities

We will organize the program as five Activities. Three Activities detail the work to be undertaken to deliver the contract. Activity 4 is the management and coordination of the program. Activity 5 is the evaluation. Within each Activity we have planned detailed Work Packages (WPs) which describe the steps of the program and enable us to calculate the resource required. WPs are numbered according to Activity and then sequence e.g. 1.3 or 2.6. Each WP indicates the month when it starts and includes specific objectives and descriptions of work for that period. A summary of this information is on the timeline. In the descriptions of work, each point specifies three items: activity; number of days; partner and [number of people provided by that partner]. European experts (ET) will be contracted by IOE at the request of any partner when necessary for the intervention.

Started on: Thursday, September 6, 2012, End date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Project description

 

        Project activities:

         1)      Evaluate and develop the citizenship education curricula and its learning and teaching resources;

         2)      Teachers and administrators to implement an active citizenship program; and

         3)      Develop a democratic school environment through parent and student councils and community service              programs. 

        

Project overall objectives

The project aims to build capacity for education reform by supporting the governmental agencies through provision of research, training of trainers, coaching and mentoring.

Project activities

We will organize the program as five Activities. Three Activities detail the work to be undertaken to deliver the contract. Activity 4 is the management and coordination of the program. Activity 5 is the evaluation. Within each Activity we have planned detailed Work Packages (WPs) which describe the steps of the program and enable us to calculate the resource required. WPs are numbered according to Activity and then sequence e.g. 1.3 or 2.6. Each WP indicates the month when it starts and includes specific objectives and descriptions of work for that period. A summary of this information is on the timeline. In the descriptions of work, each point specifies three items: activity; number of days; partner and [number of people provided by that partner]. European experts (ET) will be contracted by IOE at the request of any partner when necessary for the intervention.

Started on: Saturday, November 1, 2014, End date: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Project description

The Image Festival Association - Zakira, launches a project in cooperation with UNDP to support Syrian and Lebanese youth promoting social cohesion through video production.

The aim of the project is to build the capacity of 30 Syrian and Lebanese youth aged between 18 and 24 years living in West Bekaa (Marj area) by providing video and editing training courses through a series of workshops.  The project also indirectly aims at launching a dialogue between youth, pushing them to share their stories, and thus share their history and present.

This project will help the youth develop 15 short videos entailing stories from five to seven minutes in length, covering aspects of the Syrian refugee communities living in Lebanon, as well as stories from the neighbouring Lebanese host communities.

The resulting video stories will be screened in Beirut in Al Madina Theatre in the presence of the participants, as well as local NGO’s representatives, interested audience, local and international media, as well international agencies, where the screening of each video would be followed by a short discussion between the participants and the audience.

Project activities

Video and editing workshops.
Field trips.
Projection of video stories in Al Madina Theatre
Open discussion with participants.

Project hosted by: Learning to CARE Institute
Started on: Saturday, November 15, 2014, End date: Thursday, January 15, 2015
Project description

The Learning to CARE Institute (LTCI) has been invited to partner with a new social venture in their production of a magazine targeted to مغتربين (people of Lebanese heritage) returning to Lebanon during different seasons of the year. They plan to launch the magazine with an issue for those coming to Lebanon over the Christmas holidays (November 15-January 15), with future issues focused on Ramadan and Summer 2015.

LTCI will draft an article for the magazine about volunteering of the mughtaribeen, appropriate to the season and to their circumstances. And we would then like to provide a list of at least 20 volunteer opportunities of different sorts to fit people of different ages, religious identities, and regions of the country. Ideally, at least some of these volunteer opportunities would allow and encourage cross over on all three counts. Some opportunities might be for individual volunteers, some for people who would volunteer in groups. Some could be opportunities for intergenerational volunteering, so that members of a family volunteer could together as special shared experience. Some of the volunteer opportunities might need special skills, expertise, or knowledge, while others could be done by anyone.

This first issue will only be in English, and communications with the participating organizations or institutions will be in English, but hopefully future editions will be in Arabic as well as the different languages of the Lebanese diaspora. That does not mean that the volunteer opportunity has to be in English. Specific language fluency can be one of the details to be listed in the requirements for the position.

If your NGO is interested in the project and would like further information please fill in the brief online questionnaire. I will be leaving Lebanon for the summer on June 15, so most interaction will need to be by email or Skype, but if you would like to meet me or ask anything about the project, you are invited to attend the 2nd Open Discussion on Volunteering in Lebanon on Wednesday, June 11 from 7:00-9:00 pm at AltCity. While this project will not be the focus of the discussion session, I will give a brief description of the project as part of the discussion. I can also meet with people about it briefly before or after the discussion session (6:30-7 and 9-9:30). And within the coming month I will send information to those who sign up, giving more information about the project, and asking for them to complete a more detailed questionnaire about the organization and the volunteer opportunities it can offer.

Dr. Patricia Nabti
Director, Learning to CARE Institute

Project overall objectives

• Give mughtaribeen (people of Lebanese heritage) the chance to volunteer during their visits to Lebanon.
• Create stronger bonds between Lebanon and its diaspora
• Increase the pool of volunteers
• Serve a variety of social needs

Project activities

Their volunteer opportunities could include painting, planting, sewing, visiting the elderly, helping those with disabilities, building or renovating a building, cleaning and improving a park, playing with children, translating, developing a website, singing, dancing, juggling, reading to the blind, visiting the sick, giving a presentation, teaching a skill, visiting people in prison, helping refugees or other displaced people, writing a proposal, joining an advocacy campaign. The possibiltiies are endless. But all the opportunities should give the volunteers the opportunity to feel that they made a positive difference in the country.

Started on: Tuesday, October 1, 2013, End date: Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Project description

The DHIAFEE Project, launched in 2005 by ANERA, and funded by USAID represents one of the first significant efforts to explore the potential of rural tourism in Lebanon to contribute to the expansion of economic opportunities in rural areas. Lebanon is rich in resources that could be leveraged to extend economic development to all of its regions. Its location, natural and historical treasures, and its cultural richness are spread across the country, and have contributed to making tourism a strategic sector to the economy. Even with the political turbulence in the region and, at times, inside the country, tourism has always exhibited remarkable resilience.

In 2012, tourism in Lebanon was projected to generate $4.3 billion2 in direct revenue and provide roughly 9.5 percent of total employment in Lebanon. Unfortunately, the bulk of these benefits remain concentrated in the capital city, Beirut, and its immediate surroundings, in addition to very few highly renowned historical sites. Reasons for this imbalance are many, the most crucial of which is the lack of reliable, quality hospitality services outside the capital city Beirut. This is exacerbated by the absence of a national tourism strategy to support tourism sector growth in rural regions.

The DHIAFEE Project aimed at leveraging the unique advantages of Lebanon as a small country, where multiple points of interest can easily be reached from almost anywhere, to spread the economic benefits of tourism to rural areas. The project, which was then a one-time investment, supported the development of a network of more than 47 alternative lodgings (or “cottage inns”) throughout the country, creating income generation and job opportunities for local families, and contributing to the economy of their respective localities. Although affected by the onset of 2006 war and successive political turmoil and security issues, DHIAFEE had a very successful launch and enjoyed a high profile, at the time, among tourism stakeholders.

Tourism continues to be a major sector in the local economy, especially given the resilience of expatriate demand, and rise of local demand for short get-away locations. In 2011, and largely due to a concerted lobbying effort by DHIAFEE/ANERA team, a new decree, #6298, was passed legalizing the status of guesthouses and bed and breakfasts in Lebanon.

In this project, ANERA will build upon the progress of DHIAFEE project and move forward on to the next level including: 1) expand, solidify and institutionalize the rural hospitality infrastructure; and 2) encourage activities of responsible tourism to contribute meaningfully to the local economy.

Project overall objectives

This program will contribute to the expansion of economic development in rural areas in Lebanon and in specific rural tourism and alternative lodgings. The project aims at expanding, solidifying, and institutionalizing the rural hospitality infrastructure to encourage responsible tourism that will contribute meaningfully to the local economy.

Project activities

Develop quality standards for rural hospitality businesses in Lebanon
Map and assess needs of existing rural hospitality businesses
Develop a “Quality service” Handbook and training curriculum and provide training for 36 hospitality businesses
Assess institutional capacity of existing hospitality businesses and build an institutional framework for a professional association

Started on: Saturday, March 1, 2014, End date: Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Project description

Introduction
A career in training can be extremely rewarding both financially and professionally where behind every spectacular training session, there is a lot of preparation and meticulous attention to details.
However, the truly skilled trainer can turn the session into a really exciting, enjoyable and beneficial experience while involving emotions and minds at the same time.
To reach this stage as an adult educator isn’t always easy, but success isn’t just for the naturally gifted ones. Hence, it is always possible to put some effort into our personal growth and development for an enormous satisfaction that comes from working with others to help them reach their personal and professional potentials.
This program is especially designed to assist experts and practitioners become effective and successful trainers.
It helps you feel more comfortable and competent in exploring how adults learn and take a step-by-step approach to create training sessions that meet participants’ needs.

Register here for a FREE presentation

Project overall objectives

- Acquire the essential knowledge and skills for training’s implementation
- Develop the training process from the preparation phase till the evaluation one
- Apply adult learning concepts and customize off-the-shelf materials
- Create a comprehensive platform for interaction, sharing of experiences and best practices
- Involve attendants actively in the learning process
- Foster changes in behavior, information, skills & attitude

Project hosted by: SMART Center
Started on: Tuesday, October 1, 2013, End date: Sunday, November 30, 2014
Project description

                                                               She Leads

SMART Center for Media and Advocacy is implementing a series of different workshops and roundtables to train women in the fields of: Rural Tourism and Environment, Political participation of Youth and Women, Women and Decision Making, Elections and Democracy, Communication and Public Speaking, Negotiation Skills, Family and Conflict Management, Time and Stress Management, Peace Building, Family Protective Laws.

SMART Center for Media and Advocacy is implementing the project in all regions and had celebrated the graduation of 120 women in the first phase that targeted women in Bekaa and Chouf-Mount Lebanon. The second phase is targeting over than 200 women in Kesserwan and Maten of Mount Lebanon, Akkar and Tripoli Northern Lebanon, and Nabatieh and Sour in Southern Lebanon. The project continues its activities until November 2014.

 

"القيادية"

 

 ينظم "سمارت سنتر" للإعلام والمناصرة سلسلة من ورش عمل وطاولات مستديرة لتدريب النساء في المجالات التالية: السياحة الريفية والبيئة، مهارات التواصل والخطابة، مهارات التفاوض والاقناع٬ المشاركة السياسية للشباب والنساء، المرأة وصناعة القرار، الإنتخابات والديمقراطية، فن إدارة وحل النزاعات في العائلة، إدارة الوقت والضغوطات٬ صناعة السلام٬ قوانين حماية الأسرة.

"سمارت سنتر" للإعلام والمناصرة ينفذ هذا المشروع في كل المناطق وقد احتفل بتخريج 120 إمرأة كمرحلة أولى للمتدربات في منطقتي البقاع والشوف. وتستهدف المرحلة الثانية ما يزيد عن 200 إمرأة من كسروان والمتن في منطقة جبل لبنان وعكار وطرابلس في لبنان الشمالي بالإضافة الى النبطية وصور في جنوب لبنان. وتستمر نشاطات المشروع حتى تشرين الثاني 2014.

Project overall objectives

"She Leads project aims to support women, especially in rural areas of Lebanon, to gain the skills that will allow them to be more effective in social, political, touristic, and economical life, in order to make them agents of change and to act as decision makers on all levels especially in politics.

القيادية" هو مشروع يهدف الى دعم النساء، خاصة في المناطق الريفية من لبنان، لمنحهن المهارات التي تسمح لهن بأن يكن أكثر إنتاجية على الصعد الإجتماعية، السياسية، السياحية والإقتصادية. وذلك بهدف جعلهن رائدات في التغيير ولكي يصبحن صانعات قرار في جميع المجالات خاصة السياسية منها.

Started on: Sunday, June 1, 2014, End date: Sunday, November 30, 2014
Project description

North Lebanon, which was already one of the poorest areas of the country before the crisis, is hosting about one third of the million refugees from Syria. Several recent socio-economic studies have shown that social cohesion in the communities of North Lebanon has been deeply affected by the Syrian crisis. 

ANERA’s recent assessment of youth needs (to be published soon) has indicated that youth from both Lebanese and Syrian communities are among the main victims of the ongoing crisis, and are increasingly resorting to violent and intolerant conducts. The Syrian conflict and subsequent displacement to Lebanon has destroyed the youth’s safe environment. As a consequence of the dire economic situation of their families, Syrian youth share the families’ burden of meeting basic needs for survival. Many Syrian youth reported dropping out of school to work and support their families, a factor that leads to higher competition with locals in the labor market. With the continuous influx of over one million refugees from Syria, the resilience of host communities is stretched to the limit, and Lebanese youth resent refugees for the deterioration of their living conditions. 

Youth however, can make significant difference in the society, even and especially, during humanitarian emergencies. In spite of a pervasive feeling of anxiety, youth in North Lebanon showed a willingness to address these issues and improve relations with those of other communities. Having worked with youth in North Lebanon since 2010, ANERA has seen that youth from both refugee and host communities, when given the tools to become meaningful actors of change, can transform existing dynamics of violence and alienation.

Based on the success of ANERA’s pilot project funded by OTI in 2013 “Sports For Peace,” ANERA is expanding this model to other conflict-prone areas in North Lebanon.

Project overall objectives

The objective of the Sports for Peace II project is to improve acceptance and coexistence among communities of North Lebanon by improving relationships among 1,600 Syrian, Palestinian, and Lebanese children and youth in conflict-prone areas. The intervention will empower popular sports clubs to become positive agents of social change, by widening their outreach and ability to instill values of peace and coexistence among youth.

Project activities

Goal: Improve coexistence among refugee and host communities’ children & youth in conflict-prone areas of North Lebanon

Objective: 1,600 Lebanese (40%), Palestinian (30%), and Syrian (30%) children & youth from 10 localities in North Lebanon have improved relationships with each other.

Result 1: 12 Lebanese popular sports clubs in North Lebanon have improved their ability to mobilize children and youth and to deliver peace-building messages through sports for peace activities
Result 2: 1,600 Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian children & youth have an improved access to sports for peace activities
Result 3: Mixed Syrian/Lebanese youth committees have implemented at least 8 community service projects

Started on: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, End date: Friday, October 31, 2014
Project description

Palestinian children in Lebanon suffer from multiple risk factors and disadvantages that impede their development. Palestinian refugee children in Lebanon form a distinct and disadvantaged sector, characterized not only by extreme poverty, but also by a mix of low status, limited opportunities, increased vulnerability, and social exclusion. High levels of stress and anxiety negatively affect their healthy growth and development.

Enrollment in preschool/kindergarten is an important stage in a child’s education: students who go from preschool to elementary school are more prepared for learning in a school environment and more likely to stay in school than students who have not. Palestinian refugee children in Lebanon enroll in elementary school at age 6. The two years of preschool/kindergarten prior to elementary school are non-compulsory. For the most part, preschool is available for Palestinian children through local NGOs, but these NGOs lack sufficient funding and support. They vary widely in quality and the 92 preschools currently in operation are only able to provide preschool education to 9,092 children, leaving about half of pre-school age Palestinian refugee children without access. Moreover, as a consequence to the limited funding and attention to this vital sector, more than half of the 92 preschools operating in the camps are in need of rebuilding, almost 80% need refurbishment of classrooms and/or playgrounds, and over 85% lack proper equipment for a truly child friendly environment.

Today, the situation has been aggravated with the mass influx of Syrian refugees from across the border, including around 60,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS). As the crisis drags on with no end in sight, the situation is become more and more concerning, especially as the existing structures—schools, health clinics, and social services—were already over-crowded and over-whelmed and are unable to accommodate the large influx of PRS.  There were approximately 400,000 Palestinians prior to the crisis, and the addition of 15% of the population is overstretching the limited resources, creating rising tensions between the communities. Young PRS children have acute needs as the majority were exposed to violent experiences while in Syria and suffer from psychosocial distress. Sending them to preschool gives them a chance to laugh and play, socialize with children their age, escape their dreary, overcrowded surroundings – many living in tents or multi-family one room apartments, and try to regain a sense of normalcy.

In response to the emergency situation some local preschools have opened their doors to PRS children and have increased their class population by at least 40%.This is the case of two of ANERA’s partner organizations; the preschool of National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Training (NISCVT) in Burj El Barajneh Camp (Beirut area), and the Kindergarten of Najdeh Association in Ein El Hilweh Camp (Sidon area).  

 

Project overall objectives

This project aims at building a classroom environment enabling refugee children from 3 to 6 years old to learn, play, and socialize in a safe, child-friendly space in two preschools in Burj el-Barajneh and in Ein el-Hilwe Palestinian camps.

Project activities

1. Arrange and rehabilitate 2 preschools (7 classrooms) in Ein el-Hilwe and Burj el-Barajne camps
2. Provide adequate educational resources to support children’s development