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Strengthening the long-term resilience of subnational authorities in countries affected by the Syrian and Iraqi crises

04/03/2020 - 09:38
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The aim of this project is to strengthen social stability across Lebanon and promote municipalities’ crucial engagement at the service delivery and social cohesion levels.

Strengthening the long-term resilience of subnational authorities in countries affected by the Syrian and Iraqi crises

 

Budget: € 24.9 million (€ 14.9 million for Lebanon)
Location: Lebanon (Unions of municipalities of Tyre, Al Fayhaa and Metn North)
Date of project: January 2019 – December 2021
Implementing Partner: UNDP and UN Habitat

The increase in population since the start of the Syrian crisis has put Lebanese public institutions under extreme pressure to deliver basic services and maintain quality public infrastructure. In a context of shrinking national resources and pre-existing fragilities, local authorities are some of the most acutely impacted by these deficiencies, struggling to provide for an ever-growing vulnerable population.

In this context, the European Union is committed to supporting Lebanon in strengthening social stability across the country by testing new approaches to improve the effectiveness of municipalities and local authorities in service delivery.

Through capacity building and enhanced coordination capabilities, the present programme seeks to promote municipalities’ crucial engagement at the service delivery and social cohesion levels, notably by providing increased funding, empowering human resources, and enhancing collaboration and communication between central and subnational governments. These efforts are also seen as a way to increase citizens’ trust in their local authorities and subsequent social cohesion, as well as a gateway to an effective gradual decentralisation process.

 

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  • Empower local authorities to become leaders of positive change, social cohesion and sustainable development within their local communities
  • Improve the resilience of Lebanese and refugee populations in communities impacted by the Syrian crisis through the strengthening of municipalities’ governance systems and the improvement of access to basic services
  • Support municipalities in addressing risks and vulnerabilities of target populations

 

 

  • Ministry of Interior and Municipalities and the Directorate General of Local Administration and Councils
  • Municipalities and Union of Municipalities (UoMs)
  • Vulnerable Lebanese communities
  • Syrian refugees

 

 

  • Strengthen national processes, procedures and practices to enable municipalities and Union of Municipalities to deliver effective and efficient services in a transparent and accountable manner
  • Design and implement a capacity development strategy for municipalities and Union of Municipalities
  • Develop mechanisms for social stability, such as mediation units at Union of Municipalities level, to prevent and address tensions between host and refugee populations
  • Support the establishment and strengthening of regional technical offices
  • Promote Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)
  • Support municipalities and Union of Municipalities in the design, development and implementation of priority basic service and local economic development interventions, including through the development of associated Operations and Maintenance Plans
  • Strengthen municipal finance to support sustainability of the above interventions

 

 

  • Enhanced capacity of municipalities to engage in holistic, area-based planning and consider scenarios that respond to the needs of their populations, including refugees
  • Increasingly responsive service delivery and greater social stability outcomes, aligned with the needs of populations
  • Empowered municipalities that boost local economic development
  • Access to municipal investments that benefit the extension of safe public services and economic opportunities for residents of different areas

 

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