About Lebanon Support

Established in 2006, Lebanon Support was registered as a National Non-Governmental Organisation in 2008 (registered under the number 168/2009 AD).
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.
 
Social Science for change
Lebanon Support is a multidisciplinary space that aims to create synergies and bridge 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. We achieve our mission through:
 
I- Knowledge Production.
The centre conducts and facilitates original, interdisciplinary, and scientific research that is published in various formats. Research is developed and conducted by the centre’s hub of scholars, fellows, and network, and aims to deepen our understanding of the centre’s thematic programmes, as well as inform public debate and public policy.
Through our Civil Society Knowledge Centre, we publish cutting-edge research on thematic issues and axes, combining qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
 
II- Evidence-based transformative knowledge for action.
Since its establishment in 2006, Lebanon Support has committed to an open access policy that is intended to make all of the centre’s publications available to a wider public. This stems from Lebanon Support’s mission to foster social change and push for action through innovative uses of social science, digital technologies, and publication and exchange of knowledge. This aims to ensure that knowledge produced is unrestrictedly accessible and disseminated, and can be built upon. As an action oriented research centre, we adopt a participatory, grounded methodology, that aims at informing action (at all levels, from policy to grassroots) through evidence-based knowledge. The participatory approach allows us to engage stakeholders at even the earliest stages of the knowledge production, thus creating a collaborative ecology of knowledge. Moreover, this ensures knowledge and tools published inform action by a variety of actors, whether they use our publications for their lobbying and advocacy activities, for planning, for their strategies, or for policy-making. Lastly, the interdisciplinary dimension of the knowledge production allows to draw from various domains in order to challenge the status quo, and contribute to building synergies and bridges across disciplines, but also the scientific, the practitioner, and the policy spheres.
 
III- Dissemination, networking and participating in various fora
Concomitantly, Lebanon Support strives to create bridges across civic spheres, academia, and expertise, and to enhance coordination and lack of duplication in the sector. Daleel Madani, initiated by Lebanon Support in the midst of the 2006 war and that aims at enhancing information sharing and collaboration between civic actors is an example of such efforts. Today, Daleel Madani acts as the network of civil society actors in Lebanon and has become the main reference for a variety of civil society actors (ranging from local organisations, collectives, municipalities, to international organisations and agencies, and more). It lists more than 1300 actors on its directory, and receives over 1million clicks per month.
Lebanon Support organises and participates in a wide range of events that engage participants and stakeholders in transformative dialogue and ensure dissemination and uptake of research findings.
These knowledge sharing events take a variety of forms that are adapted to stakeholder groups and audiences. They range from round tables and conferences (that aim to present and discuss research findings with various actors from the scientific, practitioner, and policy spheres), a postdoctoral fellowship, study weeks (which offer participatory, interdisciplinary, innovative, and intensive immersions on specific themes, and a space to reflect critically on scientific knowledge combined with localised and applied methods), open workshops and training (mainly through our Alternative Academy), and incubation and on the job coaching (through the Civil Society Incubator to provide tailored support and strengthen civil society as a whole).
In the same vein, Lebanon Support engages, actively participates, and facilitates collaborative spaces among various actors (civil society actors, scientific community, policy makers, and practitioners) through networks, platforms, and coalitions.
All of these efforts and objectives intersect and contribute to strengthen the voice and actions of actors and stakeholders including civil society, including researchers and academics, and policymakers, through the production of and open access to localised, rigorous, and evidence-based knowledge, and participatory dialogue, and where our expertise is recognised and solicited by civil society actors, academic spheres, and state institutions (notably and more recently on the national strategy for social protection).
Lebanon Support being a local, locally-driven, research centre that remains at an equal distance from all, and relies on self-sustainable models, puts it in a privileged position where it is considered as reliable and credible.
 
More on the centre here: https://lebanon-support.org/