Promoting Anti-Corruption Advocacy Network in Lebanon

 According to the 2016 International Transparency Index by Transparency International, Lebanon is now ranked first among Arab nations in the perception of corruption and misappropriation of public funds. MSI’s Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) project in Lebanon is taking the lead in advocating for improved accountability and transparency at the local and national governance levels through its creation of an issue-based Accountability and Good Governance Network.

The network will be comprised of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and private sector entities working on common issues in the area of anticorruption, good governance and accountability towards fostering collaboration in addressing, advocating for and resolving specific issues.

 

In an effort to build consensus and a sense of shared purpose around this new advocacy network, BALADI CAP has undertaken a series of activities, including a Defining the Agenda workshop, which helped CSOs interested in participating in the network to identify priority issues by conducting a SWOT analysis and developing a mission statement and network goals. Additional meetings with Local Problem Solving Groups and Topic Discussion Groups were held to engage with broader community leadership to further refine network goals, map relevant stakeholders, and propose locally driven solutions. BALADI CAP has also provided assistance to CSOs with concept development and proposal writing to ensure the submission of relevant, well-crafted proposals for grants that will support the network goals through advocacy-related activities and awareness raising campaigns.

Other issue-based networks being created under BALADI CAP with similar supporting activities will center on human rights and the environment/waste management in Lebanon. As BALADI CAP is primarily a capacity-building project, MSI will provide technical assistance, resources and support to build the capacity of selected Intermediate Support Organizations (ISOs) to lead each issue-based network, after which the ISOs will in turn provide training and capacity-building to their respective networks of CSOs.

“BALADI CAP’s capacity building Program is a mirror of “Lebanese Transparency Association LTA” mission and vision. LTA aims at becoming a reference and a leading example to all other Lebanese civil society organizations in Transparency and Anti-Corruption. Under its ‘Capacity Building Component – CBC, BALADI CAP is currently supporting LTA in overhauling its financial, human resources and monitoring and evaluation procedures to allow the latter to regain its position as a leader in the Anti-Corruption campaign in Lebanon and as a model to a transparent and well governed Lebanese civil society organization.

BALADI CAP’s capacity building Program is a mirror of “Lebanese Transparency Association LTA” mission and vision. LTA aims at becoming a reference and a leading example to all other Lebanese civil society organizations in Transparency and Anti-Corruption. Under its ‘Capacity Building Component – CBC, BALADI CAP is currently supporting LTA in overhauling its financial, human resources and monitoring and evaluation procedures to allow the latter to regain its position as a leader in the Anti-Corruption campaign in Lebanon and as a model to a transparent and well governed Lebanese civil society organization.

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