Civil society projects
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.

Started on: Thursday, November 1, 2012, End date: Thursday, December 20, 2012
Project description

The LDN-LAU 'NGO Capacity Building Program' focuses on the fundamental needs of nongovernmental organizations aiming at enhancing the growth of a strong, dynamic and influential NGO movement as crucial to the advancement of civil society in Lebanon and the region.

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Started on: Thursday, December 15, 2011, End date: Friday, December 14, 2012
Project description

Project Objective:

MEPI LAA (Lebanon Alumni Association) aims through this one year project at empowering civil society organizations with the skills to advocate for positive environmental change in Lebanon.


 Project Activities:

 1    Select CSOs working on environmental issues in Lebanon (2 staff from each organization will be  participating in the project, one should be a full-time staff in the organization and the second should be in a managerial position).


 2    Build the capacities of the participants through training on the following topics:

a.       Advocacy.

b.      Budget Advocacy.

c.         Fundraising.

d.      Social Media in Advocacy.

3   Plan an advocacy campaign.


4   Advocate towards passing an environmental law in thegovernment and potentially in the parliament.

Project hosted by: IndyAct
Started on: Sunday, October 28, 2007, End date: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Project description

Climate change is already harming people and ecosystems. Its reality can be seen in melting glaciers, disintegrating polar ice, thawing permafrost, dying coral reefs, rising sea levels, changing ecosystems and fatal heat waves. However, all of this is only the beginning. We are already experiencing dangerous climate change. What we need to do is to avoid catastrophic climate change. The climate is a global common, and the high contribution of industrialized and oil producing countries to climate change are bound to have global impacts.

Countries have common, but differentiated responsibility towards this problem. What is needed is a global greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of at least 50% by 2050 in order to limit global temperature rise below 2

Project overall objectives

1. The Arab World supports and commits towards a global greenhouse gas reduction goal of at least 50% by 2050, while actively and positively engaging the global climate change debate / negotiation to meet that target.

2. Rich oil producing countries in the Arab World recognize and accept their responsibility for climate change according to their historic oil trade, and establish commitments to mitigate climate change accordingly.

3. The Arab League supports and ratifies a new protocol for the second commitment period, which includes specific CO2 emission caps for developing countries and specific obligations on rich fossil-fuel producing countries.

Project activities

Draw the Line - Walkathon for Climate Change
December 9, 2007

Draw the Line- Human Chain on Ramlet ElBayda
July 8, 2008

Publishing a scientific report on the negative effects of climate change on biodiversity in Lebanon.
August 2008

Launching the Arab Climate Alliance
August 2008

October 13-15, 2008
Organizing and Holding the Arab World Policy for Post 2012 Climate Negotiations regional workshop in partnership with Issam Fares Institute for Public Affairs

Project hosted by: Catholic Relief Services
Started on: Thursday, October 1, 2009, End date: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Project description

CRS is partnering with Arc en Ciel in a project to identify, link, and support PWD needing employment with potential employers. Innovative aspects of this programming will enhance sustainability: an advisory committee of Lebanese businesses to assist private sector outreach, an Adaptation Center to ensure companies are physically accessible; and tailored, ongoing support for employed PWD including peer counseling; intensive institutional capacity building, particularly on human resources management, to enable AEC to expand programming on their own in the future on a fee-for-service basis. The objective is that opportunities for economic inclusion are strengthened by: *PWD have capacity to hold jobs in the private sector *Increased employment opportunities exist for workers with disabilities *Companies are able to accommodate PWD in their environment *AEC’s overall managerial and financial capacities are enhanced to sustain activities in future.

Project overall objectives

People with disabilities have full, equal participation in Lebanon’s economic life. The objective is that Opportunities for economic inclusion are strengthened by:
*PWD have capacity to hold jobs in the private sector
*Increased employment opportunities exist for workers with disabilities
*Companies are able to accommodate PWD in their environment
*AEC’s overall managerial and financial capacities are enhanced to sustain activities in future

Started on: Sunday, April 1, 2012, End date: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Project description


The Image Festival Association - Zakira is proud to announce the launch of the “Ru’aa” (Visions) project which will provide photography training to 80 young adults from various refugee communities living in Lebanon. Through the six month duration of the project, the participants will attend workshops in photographic theory and practice.  The students are between the ages of 14 and 18 and live on the outskirts of Beirut and Sidon coming from a number of countries including Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, the Philippines, Sudan and Syria amongst others.

Ru’aa aims to raise awareness of the participants’ culture through the images of their daily lives as they themselves portray them.  Through their photos, the teenagers will get to know the commonalities between their geographically distant cultures, as well as the similarities in the daily lives they lead in the same city. This project would not have been possible without the cooperation and collaboration of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation  and Development (AECID), Spanish NGO Civis Mundi and Lebanese NGO Insan. The participants’ work will be displayed in exhibitions in Beirut and Spain at the end of the project.

Project overall objectives

Ru’aa aims to raise awareness of the participants’ culture through the images of their daily lives as they themselves portray them.

Project activities

Weekly training sessions, outings and trips

Project hosted by: Amel Association
Started on: Monday, September 3, 2012, End date: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Project description

Summer School on Law and Armed Conflict
3 September – 15 September 2012
To participate in the Summer School, please fill out the online application form (in Arabic) at the following link:
Deadline to submit application: 30 June 2012

Amel House of Human Rights, part of Amel Association, is organizing the Summer School on Law and Armed Conflict, for its second running year, between the 3rd and 15th of September 2012. The Summer School 2012 provides a unique opportunity to law graduates, lawyers, researchers and human right advocates in Lebanon and the MENA region to take advantage of the lectures, in-depth study and advanced training in International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal law.


 Program of the Summer school in 2011

Project overall objectives

In light of continuous armed conflicts and violence in Lebanon and the MENA region, the MENA World is in need to increase the number and efficiency of lawyers and experts in international legal framework for protection from conflict and its impact.
The Summer School on law and armed conflicts seeks to provide law graduates as well as human right defenders and researchers with expertise and knowledge required to work and research in the legal framework in order to offer protection to civilians and civilian objects during armed conflicts and emergency situations. Therefore, the summer school presents an in-depth insight into the international – and to a certain extent, local – legislative frameworks which govern all aspects of the conflict: Qualification of the conflict, conduct of hostilities, protection of civilian populations, the means and methods of combat, peacekeeping, international criminal law, international crimes and the international justice system. It will also debate the procedures of achieving justice for the victims of armed conflicts regarding capacity in Lebanon and the MENA region to monitor and document violation of international law during the conflict, whether in law firms or research centers, international organizations or associations of local and regional operating in Lebanon and the MENA world.

Project activities

The two week Summer School will take place from Monday 3rd of September 2012 until Saturday 15th of September 2012, hosting lectures given by local and international university professors and experts alongside representatives of international organizations and United Nations agencies. It also includes in-depth case studies, and moot courts.

Started on: Saturday, July 7, 2012, End date: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Project description

LDN-LAU "NGO Capacity Building Program"

Module 2, 2012


Course Offering:

Introduction to Non-Profits

Strategic Planning (Workshop)

Financial Management

The Basics of Social Media

Fundraising Process

For Information and Registration

Contact LAU-CEP at: 01/786456 - 01/786464 (Ext 1964) or email:

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Project overall objectives

The LDN-LAU NGO Capacity Building Program focuses on the fundamental needs of non-governmental organizations aiming at enhancing the growth of a strong, dynamic and influential NGO movement as crucial to the advancement of the civil society in Lebanon and the region

Project hosted by: Social Media Exchange
Started on: Saturday, March 17, 2012, End date: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Project description

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Shou Osstik? (What’s Your Story?) is a six-month new media pilot training program for women from the north, south, Bekaa, and Beirut regions in Lebanon. You can also read about it in Arabic/بالعربي. The program aims to empower Lebanese women from around the country to amplify their voices, and through social media, to provide new avenues for their stories to be heard.                                                       

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The program was developed by SMEX in collaboration with Hayya Bina.

During the program, participants will meet once every three weeks to learn digital storytelling and basic social media skills. Between workshops, they will be responsible for completing assignments and for practicing their online skills. In addition, participants will be encouraged to apply their skills to raise the profile of issues they care about in their community, teaching, or NGO work. The eight workshops include:

Day 1: Introduction to the Online Environment & Digital Stories
Participants will be introduced to the program, learn basic secure browsing and online communications techniques, and talk about what makes a digital story.

Day 2: Strategic Search & Storyboards
Participants will learn how to get better search results and create their first storyboard.

Day 3: Finding Your Story
After choosing a story to tell, participants will write a first draft of their story script. We’ll also introduce Facebook profiles and social bookmarking.

Day 4: Getting “Creative” with Your Story
We’ll open the door to open culture with a session on Creative Commons. Then, participants will search for music and learn to record a voice-over for their stories.

Day 5: Shooting & Sharing Your Photos
Participants will learn basic photo composition and resizing and then share their pictures on the web.

Day 6: Shooting & Sharing Your Video
Everyone will become a director, learning how to shoot video for the web and share it on YouTube.

Day 7: Packaging & Promoting Your Story, Part I
Participants will finalize their digital stories and begin planning how they will promote them through tools like blogging or Twitter.

Day 8: Packaging & Promoting Your Story, Part II
In the last workshop, participants will screen their stories and receive their certificates!


The trainings will be held every three weeks, on Saturdays for participants from Beirut and on Sundays for participants from Bekaa, North and South of Lebanon, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Application deadline: Wednesday March 7. Note: A potential interview to be requested from the applicants Friday March 9 between 3:00- 7:00 pm

About the Trainers

The eight workshops will be led by recent graduates of SMEX’s MADskills social media trainer certification program.


Please click on the following link to apply to Shou Osstik? program

For more information about Shou Osstik? please contact Malak Zunji, malak [at] smex [dot] org, call 70/907848 or Smex office +961/1380553.

Project overall objectives

Improve the women skills around Lebanon in using social media and digital story telling

Project hosted by: Citizen Activism
Started on: Friday, July 1, 2011, End date: Thursday, March 1, 2012
Project description

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The project content lies under the umbrella of 2 values: citizenship and youth participation; its main axes are capacity building for a group of selected youth and community activities carried by the selected youth.

The project was officially launched on the 26th of September 2011 through a celebrative Iftar organized by CitiAct at Rotana Hotel in Hazmieh. The Iftar gathered social, religious, municipal figures and youth from the regions of Sfeir, Hadath, Chyah and Ein El Remmaneh.

45 persons aged between 18 and 26 years old (from the regions of Sfeir, Hadath, Chyah and Ein El Remmaneh) joined the project and declared their commitment to attend the whole trainings and meetings and to carry the implementation phase. The trainings tackled topics such as: citizenship and civil participation, conflict resolution, leadership, communication skills and social media. There are 2 remaining topics that the youth will attend: project management and photography.

Throughout the project and in parallel with the trainings, the youth were involved directly with the project team to carry the community activities. They have been identifying a list of activities in their neighborhoods that respond to their needs, thus implementing social, economical and recreational activities on a monthly base.

Currently the youth are discussing and preparing to carry another two joint community service projects that emphasize on building their committed activism towards developing their communities.

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Target Groups: 45 youth (males and females); between 18 and 26 years old

Target Areas: 2 areas: (1) Sfeir – Hadath and (2) Chyah – Ein El Remmaneh

Funded by: OTI (Office of Transition Initiatives)

Project overall objectives

Project Objectives

The main objective of this project is to improve youth activism towards their communities throughout TOT training, awareness raising and joint community-service activities that respond to economic and social needs; focusing on 2 model areas: Sfeir – Hadath and Chyah – Ein El Remmaneh.

Specific Objectives:
Objective 1: Provide TOT trainings and awareness raising for at least 30 youth in Southern Suburb of Beirut
Objective 2: At least 30 youth aged between 18 to 26 years old will be mobilized and divided into two groups in Southern Suburb of Beirut
Objective 3: Identify and implement 8 community projects