The Solution was initiated in 2009 aimed at strengthening community resilience and improving service delivery through strategic planning at the local level.
To empower local stakeholders - as local authorities, civil society and private and public stakeholders - in organization of the resources on their territory and building a common vision and strategies for the future development of their communities; the social, economic and environmental dimensions, including crisis prevention and conflict resolution, were taken into account in the course the strategic planning process.
Local stakeholders have been enabled to provide effective, coordinated and timely responses to different development challenges through:
- Organization - Institutional capacity development at local level: creation of working groups at local level involving local authorities, CSOs and private sector as the institutional expression of the local governance and local development processes promoted in and by the territories;
- Strategic prioritization: use of available resources based on the needs and potentialities of the territory;
- Strategic leadership of local authorities to build a shared vision of the future development of their communities and strategies to reach it;
- Knowledge exchange: South-South and Triangular Cooperation mechanisms at the local level for knowledge exchange and peer-to-peer learning.
In Lebanese areas of high level of poverty and deep economic problems, as in North Lebanon, Beirut Southern Suburbs, and Bekaa Region, local strategic planning has improved:
- Public access to primary services heavily affected by the consequences of the war, in particular in the health sector (e.g. by enhancing the primary health care centers to extend their services to the most vulnerable categories),
- Increased income generation and employment opportunities (e.g. 40,000 youths have engaged in income generation activities in the fishing sector, the Milking Cow Breeding Sector, etc.),
- Promoted environmental conservation (for example over 350,000 trees were planted for reforestation),
- and youth social integration.
Partners: National and local governments of Lebanon and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the ART Initiative.
UNDP Brussels Representation Office
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UNDP Lebanon – ART Initiative