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The role of Community Based Organizations in preparing and responding to crisis in Lebanon, a qualitative study

This study explores the role of community-based organizations in preparing for and responding to crisis in Lebanon. While there has been considerable work conducted on preparedness, responsiveness and recovery to crisis in Lebanon, there has been little work so far that focuses on measuring and assessing the capacities, expertise, strengths and weaknesses of local CBOS in preparing and responding to crises.


التحرّك ضدّ القمع. أبعاد تقليص الفضاء المدني في لبنان

خلال السنوات الماضية، استُهدف الفضاء المدني في لبنان بشكل متزايد من خلال التدابير القمعية، بما في ذلك القيود على حرّية التجمّع، والاعتقالات، والاستدعاءات، واستجواب الفاعلين/ات والناشطين/ات في المجتمع المدني، بالإضافة إلى القمع العنيف للمظاهرات وغيرها من الإجراءات. بناءً على المسح الذي أجريناه للتحرّكات الاجتماعية في لبنان، والبيانات بين كانون الثاني/يناير ٢٠٢١  وآذار/مارس ٢٠٢٢، تمّ رصد ٨٤ تحرُّكًا أدان الاعتقالات والاستدعاءات التعسّفية للناشطين/ات والصحفيين/ات والفنّانين/ات.

Mobilising Against Repression. Another Look at Lebanon's Obstructed Civic Space.

Over the past years, civic space in Lebanon has been increasingly contained with oppressive measures, including restrictions on freedom of assembly, arrests, summonings, and interrogations of civil society actors and activists, as well as violent repression of demonstrations, among others. Based on our Mapping of Collective Actions in Lebanon, and looking at data between January 2021 and March 2022, 84 collective actions denounced the arbitrary arrests and summonings of activists, journalists, and artists.

قمع التحرّكات الاجتماعية في لبنان خلال العام ٢٠٢١، تقلّص متزايد للفضاء المدني

تقلّص الفضاء المدني تدريجيًا في لبنان خلال السنوات الأخيرة، مع توجيه الملاحقات والرقابة و/أو القمع بشكل مستمرّ ومتزايد تجاه الجهات الفاعلة في المجتمع المدني والمبادرات والتحرّكات الاجتماعية. ساهم الإغلاق وحالة الطوارئ المرتبطة بجائحة كوفيد-١٩ في إضعاف الفضاء المدني حول العالم. وفي لبنان، يزداد الأمر تعقيدًا إذ تلجأ المنظومة السياسية بوتيرةٍ روتينية إلى شيطنة المجتمع المدني، فتفرض السيطرة على أنشطته وتُلاحقه.

Repression of Collective Actions in Lebanon in 2021, an Increasingly Shrinking Civic Space

Civic space in Lebanon has been progressively shrinking over the past years, with scrutiny, censorship, and/or repression continuously and increasingly directed towards civil society actors, initiatives, and social movements. Worldwide, Covid-19 related lockdowns and state of emergency have contributed to the weakening of civic space. In Lebanon, this is further compounded, as the political establishment routinely resorts to demonising civil society, and imposes control and scrutiny over its activities.

Mapping of solidarity initiatives in Lebanon, Focus on CSOs space in Lebanon during lockdown | January 2021-مسح لمبادرات التضامن في لبنان - تأثير الإغلاق العام على الفضاء المدني ومساحة عمل المجتمع المدني | كانون الثاني/يناير ٢.٢١

Lebanon Support is undertaking a mapping of solidarity initiatives and aid and humanitarian response interventions in Lebanon. This survey focuses particularly on the effect of the lockdown on operational and civic space.

Data collected through this survey will be displayed in open access on the Daleel Madani website with the aim of enhancing coordination efforts, identifying gaps in interventions, and informing programming and strategizing. Ultimately, the data will help make the case for the importance to maintain humanitarian and civic space in the country. 

Survey on solidarity initiatives and interventions in the aftermath of the Beirut blast, on August 4th, 2020

Daleel Madani is still collecting data on solidarity initiatives and interventions in the aftermath of the Beirut blast on August 4th, 2020. 

Data collected will be displayed in open access on the Daleel Madani platform with the aim of enhancing transparency around the response but also coordination and collaboration among actors, in order to reduce duplication and identify priorities for action. 

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Lebanon Support is a multidisciplinary space creating synergies and bridging between researchers, experts, civil society and NGO practitioners, and activists. Lebanon Support aims to foster social change through innovative uses of social science, digital technologies, and publication and exchange of knowledge.


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