Civil society projects
Project hosted by: SMART Center
Started on: Tuesday, January 1, 2013, End date: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Project description

This project is a contest among youths to produce a 1-2 minutes public service announcement (PSA) to raise the awareness of the Lebanese public especially youth voting for the first time in Lebanon on the power of peoples' votes, election's integrity, democratic elections process and accountability. 

The topics of the PSA will be selected by the youth in collaboration with a group of experts and consultants in the fields of elections and film production. The PSAs will be filmed and screened in universities and on TV stations to raise the awareness based on peer to peer learning concentrating on elections' integrity and the power of each vote to make a change. The youth will receive one week training on producing PSAs, methodology of delivering the message through PSAs, leadership, public speaking, conflict resolution, skills for facilitators. Each one will receive a flip camera to start shooting their movies. 

A committee, which will evaluate the PSAs, will include: TV producers, reporters, journalists, directors, associated university professors, actors, actresses, donor's representative and Project's management. The committee will select the winning PSA's to be screened as part of the awareness and media campaign before the elections. The 10 youth winners will act as facilitators in at least 10 Lebanese Universities, where they will show the winning PSA's to students and discuss the right of accountability, anti-corruption and democratic elections process.

Project overall objectives

Objective 1: Training youth on PSA's production,public speaking, conflict Resolution, facilitators skills and leadership to improve their skills and influence their local communities.

Objective 2: Increasing the awareness of Lebanese communities, especially youth who will be voting for the first time, throughout the different districts in Lebanon, particularly in universities before the coming elections in 2013.

Objective 3: Building coalitions and partnering with media to contribute in the process of political reform and defending the public interest.

Project hosted by: Khota Ashabbab
Started on: Monday, August 1, 2011, End date: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Project description

     Aley suffers from seasonal traffic, especially on its main road. From here, Khota Ashabab recognized the importance of the solutions to this problem in strengthening the economical, touristic and daily life of the citizens and held an advocacy campaign to promote the local authorities and involved figures to find fast practical solutions.

    Our main target was Aley’s municipality, because they can make the decision to implement the suggested solutions. We also targeted traders and shop owners, for they are directly affected by the problem.

      We conducted research on cities that had similar problems to ours and saw how they managed to solve it. We collected data on the number of cars entering Aley’s main road in peak times, conducted a study on how the parking should be arranged, the spaces that can be used and the directionality of the traffic.  We then brought different views on the solution together through meetings and focus groups and managed to come up with a solution that intersects with all. As a result, we approached the municipality in a general assembly and started applying constant pressure to find solutions, but in a constructive and collaborative way.  Throughout the whole process, we focused on involving the youth in our campaign through direct interaction on social media networks and photography contests that pinpoint the problem. Finally, we were able to build a group of around 20 people with the ability to lead future advocacy campaigns.

     Thanks to our campaign, citizens became more aware on the adverse effects traffic is drawing back on their economical and daily life, not to mention the money lost. We thus established a public awareness on problems that are mostly considered minor. The campaign resulted in Aley’s Municipality starting to find practical solutions that we helped in formulating some, and some solutions are already implemented by now or had their drafts finished and awaiting technical processing.

    We are now finalizing the project and we're collaborating with a group of engineers to present a full-packaged booklet containing all the traffic plans to Aley's main road. An implementation day will be conducted in summer 2013.



If you like to become part of Khota Ashabab   and help us in this campaign or future ones, you are mostly welcomed to join   us and take the lead in finding a better community. Stay tuned to hear more   form us!

 Our   contacts:   ,   ,      +961  3 738473  +961 70 980771




Project overall objectives

-Make a constructive social pressure on the involved official parties to find quick solutions to the problem
-Spread awareness among citizens on the adverse effects traffic jam is drawing back on their economic and daily life
-Create a group that is able to fully conduct an advocacy campaign

Project activities

-Field Surveys
-Focus Groups
-Photo Marathon
-Town Hall Meeting
-Extensive Series of Workshops
-Meetings With The Engineers
-Traffic Plan Implementation Day (future invent)

Project hosted by: arcenciel
, End date: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Project description

Do you have an idea of an innovative project? Does it provide a sustainable solution for a social or environmental  problem?

Apply now to nabad, the largest Lebanese social entrepreneurship competition!

Approximately $120,000 in grant funding will be distributed to 15 winning projects ($5,000 to $10,000 per project).

Who is eligible to present his idea? Everyone in all Lebanese regions (entrepreneurs, students, NGOs,...)

Submit your project idea to before June 30, 2013


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Project hosted by: Adyan Foundation
Started on: Tuesday, April 2, 2013, End date: Friday, May 31, 2013
Project description

"تنوعنا بيغنينا  هيدا الحلو فينا " شعار حملة "لبنان انت وانا" ضمن برنامج مؤسسة أديان طوائف متعددة هوية وطنية واحدة ".

Project hosted by: Amel Association
Started on: Monday, November 26, 2012, End date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Project description

In partnership with the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union HCLU, Amel House of Human Rights AHHR is organizing between the 26th of November and the 1st of December 2012 a unique training on video advocacy for 20 young human rights defenders and activists. The training will be followed by a coaching phase during which all training participants will film and produce short videos related to their work on human rights, and will publish it on the Internet

For all information related to the project please visit the following link: Video Advocacy Action V-A-A

Deadline for submitting applications: 29 October 2012

To apply:

The training will be in English and is provided gratis

For more information, please contact us:

Project funded by        المشروع مموّل من قبل


The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of Amel Association and does not necessarily reflect the position of the Anna Lindh Foundation or that of the Open Society Institute

Project overall objectives

Despite the role digital media played in Arab uprisings, the increasingly complex and time consuming process of producing and publishing Internet optimized video is preventing human rights advocates from effectively channeling their message over the Internet in Lebanon and the Middle East. To answer this need, AHHR launched the Video Advocacy Action V-A-A Project.

Started on: Tuesday, March 1, 2011, End date: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Project description

The project target group will be prisoners in the prisons of southLebanonand their families. The project main focus will be on the social and economical level of prisoners' families paying attention also to prisoners inside their prisons. This extremely neglected part of the community will be targeted through a variety of activities aiming at enhancing their social, mental, health, and economical situation as much as possible. The ISF (internal security forces) who has the responsibility to manage all prisons in the country will be targeted also through the project with a program of training workshops aiming at raising the level of management of the prisons in the south.   

     The project will start with a deep assessment targeting an estimated number of 100 inmates' families concentrating on their social, economical, health and educational status, after which will be the phase of intervention.  Due to the severe lack of data regarding the social and economical situation of prisoners and their families in Lebanon, particularly in the south, the first period of the project will be dedicated to designing and conducting a deep assessment for the prisoners, both inmates and detainees and their families, regarding their social, economical, health, and educational situation. This assessment will be done in coordination and cooperation with official and civil entities that deal with such issues.

    When the assessment is done, the phase of intervening according to the outcomes of the assessment will start. It is important to point that there are general and obvious needs for the prisoners and their families as well as the ISF, already known to the authorities as well as the civil society including SHEILD through the fresh experience in the prisons. The deep assessment will be the tool for more focused and advanced intervention. The beneficiaries will be divided into two main domains with three target groups. The two main domains are inside and outside the prisons with the prisoners and the ISF as target groups inside the prisons and the prisoners' families as a third target group outside the prison. The prisoners will be targeted by health and psychological activities and workshops through medical and social experts, including mental healthcare and conflict resolution workshops. The ISF will be targeted by a capacity building program targeting mainly their capacity in dealing with prisoners, human rights, and training workshops with prisoners aiming at conflict resolution and stress management and other needed skills that will be assessed.

     The third category which is the most sensitive is the prisoners' families outside the prisons. Actually the lack of a regularly updated database regarding this category as well as the lack of attention by all related entities is resulting in a severely unpleasant situation. There is no data regarding the life situation for these families as well as their social and economical situation, the deep assessment will assess the situation and will provide necessary data for the intervention. According to the data provided, the families will be targeted through women who were supported by the prisoner (wife, mother, sister, adult daughter) by a vocational training program that will provide these women with necessary skills to master a certain craft to start a small business after being supported by necessary equipment and tools (IGA kit) to start an (IGA) income generating activity. The kits will be bought for a limited number of beneficiaries according to previously set criteria within the project budget and the amount of money will be considered as grants. These women also will be connected to entities offering micro credits for small businesses as additional financial support, especially those who will not benefit from IGA kits. This is on the economical level while on the social and health level, they will be targeted through a variety of social and health activities in coordination with related partners as well as they will receive social assistance from social experts according to their needs and in coordination with related entities. The families also will be targeted through children of prisoners. The educational and psychological status of the children will be assessed and supported where needed by reintegration in schools (if possible) for those who dropped out of schools and educational support for those who are still in schools. The children also will be included in certain activities aiming at integrating them with other children to reduce the feeling of isolation that the community attitude towards them often creates.  

Project overall objectives

1- Raise community awareness and enhance networking to respond to inmates and their families' needs as well as ensure access to basic services
2- Enhance the economical status of 100 inmates' families
3- Enhance the psychological and health situation of inmates inside the prisons
4- Provide social, health, and educational support for inmates' families
5- Enhance the capacities of ISF personnel managing prisons for better prisons management

Project activities

1- Networking with community stakeholders to aware to and respond to inmates' families basic needs
2- Vocational trainings for inmates' families
3- Creation of small income generating projects for inmates' families
4- Trainings program for inmates and security forces in prisons to raise awareness and capacities
5- Organize social and health related activities for inmates' families
6- Provide soem direct educational and health assistance for inmates' families

Started on: Thursday, January 1, 2009, End date: Monday, December 31, 2012
Project hosted by: Handicap International
Started on: Wednesday, September 1, 2010, End date: Monday, December 31, 2012
Project description

Since 2010, Handicap International is engaged through their Mine Action Department with humanitarian demining activities, under the Lebanon Mine Action Center (LMAC) supervision, in the region of Batroun, and based out of Toula School. Two demining teams are deployed in the impacted communities in North Lebanon Province, and conducting manual clearance operations. 

Handicap International Toula, Batroun
Tel / fax: + 961 (0) 6 530 450


Project overall objectives

To mitigate the threat of mines and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) in the high impacted communities of the North Lebanon and Mount Lebanon provinces according to the needs and priorities identified in the strategic planning of the LMAC.
To improve the quality of life of mine affected populations by creating favourable conditions for socio-economic development in Northern Lebanon.

Project activities

Mine clearance to mitigate the threat of mines and to support the LMAC in achieving its goal of making Lebanon mine impact free by 2020.

Started on: Thursday, January 1, 2009, End date: Monday, December 31, 2012
Project description

Le projet vise à assurer l’insertion économique et la réinstallation des populations déplacées dans les cazas de Jezzine, Saida et Iklim el Kharroub.

Pour cela l'Action vise à:

  1. Améliorer la production d’olives dans les régions du projet : 

 quantitativement :

-          Augmenter la production des bénéficiaires du projet en olives et en huile de 25 % en cinq ans

-          augmenter le nombre d’oléiculteurs de la zone d’intervention de 10% par an

-          augmenter la surface oléicole de la zone d’intervention

-          Réduire la part d'huile lampante de 1% chaque année

 qualitativement :

-          améliorer les pratiques de récolte, de transport, de transformation et de conditionnement des olives et de leurs produits dérivés

-          promouvoir l’utilisation de plants productifs, de qualité à travers une pépinière

-          rendre les olives produites aptes à la transformation en huile et en savon (critères de maturités et de conservation)

 augmenter la valeur ajoutée perçue localement par transformation des olives en huile et savon :

-          produire une huile d’olive extra vierge selon le règlement CE n°796/2002

-          produire des savons de qualité (65% huile d’olive minimum), aux parfums originaux (lavande, laurier, miel, ambre, figue, etc. ), proposant un emballage adapté

-          augmenter en trois ans le prix d’achat des olives de 10% par rapport au meilleur acheteur de la région

-          améliorer le revenu des producteurs de 21% en 3 ans (35% en 5 ans)


  1. valoriser les déchets issus des transformations :

-          l’intégralité des déchets issus de la transformation en huile (grignons et margines) sera transformée en combustible solide

-          les engrais produits seront vendus

-          le mécanisme de recyclage des déchets fera l’objet de publication nationale et de sensibilisation dans les deux cazas concernés.


  1. Commercialisation des produits

-          Écouler la production d’huile d’olive, d’olives de table, de savon, de combustible solide selon les quantités et délais prévus

-          Assurer l’autonomie financière de la structure en 3 ans

-          Utiliser les bénéfices des ventes dans le développement des activités du secteur oléicole et leur promotion


  1. Mise en commun des production et concertation des oléiculteurs

-          Rassembler les producteurs d’olives et de leurs dérivés au sein d’un comité de promotion et de développement de l’oléiculture au Liban

-          Vérifier la conformité des produits à des normes communes fixées par concertation du comité

-          Assurer l’indépendance de la structure et son fonctionnement

-          Promouvoir les produits mis en commun et assurer leur diffusion à travers le réseau de commercialisation mis en place par le programme


  1. Capitalisation

-          le projet fera l’objet de capitalisation concernant la production agricole, la transformation des produits, et la commercialisation. Ce dernier volet sera décrit  au delà du domaine agricole concerné dans l’objectif d’être répliqué

-          le fonctionnement du comité de pilotage et de concertation sera suivi pour assurer sa capitalisation et sa réplication éventuelle dans d’autres secteurs économiques

Project overall objectives

Objectif général : Valorisation des cultures agricoles existantes pour le retour et le maintien des déplacés

Objectifs spécifiques :
1. améliorer la production d’olives
2. valoriser les déchets issus des transformations
3. Commercialiser des produits
4. Mise en commun des productions Libanaises et concertation des oléiculteurs
5. Capitalisation et étude de réplication

Project activities

1. Appui aux producteurs : formation, sensibilisation, services et prestations
2. Fabrique d'huile d'olive
3. Valorisation des déchets issus de la production d’huile d’olive
4. Commercialisation des produits
5. Mise en place du Comité de Promotion et de Développement de l’oléiculture du Liban
6. Suivi, évaluation et capitalisation en France et au Liban

Project hosted by: AMIDEAST
Started on: Tuesday, November 20, 2012, End date: Friday, December 21, 2012
Project description

The Arab Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) is a Citi Foundation-funded initiative, implemented by AMIDEAST in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Morocco.  In each country 20 women will compete to be selected to participate in the program and receive:

15 Days of training on business skills, conducted in Arabic, on topics such as:

  • What makes a successful entrepreneur
  • How to register a business in Lebanon
  • How to fund a new business or business growth
  • How to assess risk and feasibility
  • Strategic planning
  • Accounting and cash flow
  • Customer service
  • Sales skills

In addition:

  • Site visits will be made to selected small businesses started and run by women
  • Successful women entrepreneurs will act as guest speakers
  • Participants will develop a business plan
  • Participants will be connected to those who can help fund their business
  • Mentors will support participating entrepreneurs as they establish their new businesses, or grow their existing businesses
  • Individual progress will be monitored throughout the program
  • The local group will gather regularly to discuss each other’s progress and share advice, experiences, and success stories
  • Participants gain access to AMIDEAST’s new online Entrepreneurship Forum that enables you to network and support each other during this period, both within and across countries


To view the AWEP brochure, you can read it in either Arabic or English.



1-  Download the Arabic and English versions of the application form. (Click here for English online form)

2-  Submit the application form:

        Via fax to fax number:   01-989901, ext. 100
        Via email to:             
        In person at:                      AMIDEAST, Bazerkan Building, Riad El Solh, Nijmeh Square, Downtown Beirut

3-  The deadline to apply has been extended until Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Click here to read the Arabic and English versions of the press release.

To read an article about last year's AWEP program in Le Commerce du Levant, please click here.