Three civil society representatives have been appointed to the Independent Oversight Board of the Reform, Recovery and Reconstruction Framework (3RF): Diana Menhem, Managing Director of Kulluna Irada; Julien Courson, Executive Director of the Lebanese Transparency Association – No Corruption; and Roula Mikael, Founder and Executive Director of the Maharat Foundation.
The IOB serves as an independent mechanism to provide oversight on implementation and financing of the 3RF and to hold stakeholders – including government, development partners, and implementing organizations – accountable for overall progress.
The inclusion of civil society in the governance and implementation of reform, recovery and reconstruction is a core principle of the 3RF. Civil society is also represented in the 3RF Consultative Group (CG), the platform for strategic guidance and policy dialogue on 3RF priorities and implementation, as well as the Partnership Council governing the Lebanon Financing Facility (LFF).
Members of the IOB were selected based on an open, transparent process, taking into account the expertise, capacity and non-partisanship status of both the representatives and the nominating CSOs following a Call for Expression of Interest launched on April 28, 2021 . IOB members will rotate on a yearly basis with rotation of half of its members to ensure overlap between one Board and another. A call for expression of interest will be issued in the second half of 2021 to fill the remaining 3 seats in the IOB and invite future members.
Background on the nominating CSOs of the selected IOB members:
Kulluna Irada is an advocacy group committed to political reform in Lebanon. It is engaged in defining the foundations of a modern, sustainable and just state, and in coalescing local and international actors around this vision to create momentum for change. It pairs extensive policy expertise (e.g. on issues of economic and financial reforms, transparency and accountability, judicial reforms, electricity sector and the oil & gas sector), with civil society engagement and advocacy tools. Kalluna Irada is represented by Managing Director Diana Menhem.
The Lebanese Transparency Association – No Corruption (LTA) advocates for reform by focusing on systemic improvement and by building coalitions with other anti-corruption stakeholders, including the government, parliamentarians, the private sector, media institutions, the international community and civil society organizations. It is the Lebanese chapter of Transparency International (TI). LTA is represented by Executive Director Julien Courson.
Maharat Foundation is a women-led Beirut based organization acting as a catalyst, defending and advancing the development of democratic societies governed by the values of freedom of expression, access to information and respect for human rights. Maharat Foundation operates Maharat News, an independent, online, multimedia platform, providing evidence-based information on issues of accountability. Maharat’s mission is to defend, catalyse, and advance democratic values of freedom of expression, access to information, and respect for human rights. Maharat Foundation is represented by Founder and Executive Director, Roula Mikael.
The Reform, Recovery and Reconstruction Framework (3RF) was launched by the European Union (EU), the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank Group (WBG) in December 2020. It provides a costed, prioritized plan of key actions across sectors following the tragic explosion of August 4, 2020.