PEACE BUILDING IN LEBANON PROJECT
The UNDP “Peace Building in Lebanon” project works since 2007 on enhancing mutual understanding and promoting social cohesion by addressing root causes of conflict in Lebanon. The project has been also lately working on addressing the impact of the Syrian crisis on social stability in Lebanon.
The project supports different groups from local leaders and local actors, to educators, journalists, youth and civil society activists, in developing medium and long-term strategies for peace building, crisis management and conflict prevention.
Achievements & Expected Results
Peace Building through Local Communities
Due to the important role local leaders play, namely in managing the local residents’ affairs and thus dealing with local conflicts, the project supports local leaders in crisis management, especially in light of the impact of the Syrian crisis on host communities and covers villages all over Lebanon. The project works with the heads and members of municipal councils as well as with representatives from various sectors in the community to develop “Mechanisms for Social Stability” (MSS).
These mechanisms promote social stability through engaging local stakeholders in a participatory process to address challenges facing both Lebanese communities and the Syrian displaced.
Peace Building through Media
The UNDP “Peace Building in Lebanon” project works on providing positive media spaces and promoting rational speeches to address controversial issues, by publishing Joint News Supplements with Annahar, As-Safir, the Daily Star and L’Orient-Le Jour newspapers, where writers, journalists, media professionals, researchers and artists from Lebanon and Syria discuss and share their views about the impact of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon and other civil peace issues.
Moreover, the project, in partnership with Maharat Foundation, is monitoring the implementation of the “Journalists’ Pact for Strengthening Civil Peace in Lebanon” (launched by the project in 2013 in partnership with the Ministry of Information) by the 34 national media outlets which signed the Pact. As a result, monitoring studies are produced.
Peace Building through Education
The project seeks, through the use of formal educational channels in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to integrate peace building concepts into the school environment. Through its Violence Free Schools Initiative, the project targets school principals, teachers, students, school staff members, and parents. These are first sensitized on peace building and nonviolent means of dealing with conflicts. Then they establish task forces at the school level which develop “Codes of Conduct for Non Violence”, based on which a set of soft and hard activities are implemented.
Peace Building through Civil Society
Based on the prominent role that non-governmental organizations play in the peace building process, the project supports a number of national organizations in implementing peace building activities targeting different groups of the society, mainly youth.
The project also supports a group of ex-fighters from the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990) who decided to establish the “Fighters for Peace” NGO which aims at contributing to peace building.
Peace Building through Conflict Mapping and Analysis
The project in partnership with “Lebanon Support” NGO – is still updating the interactive online Conflict Map launched in September 2014, and which aims at helping actors in the response efforts to the Syrian crisis better understanding conflicts. The project also produces periodic conflict analysis bulletins highlighting trends and findings from the mapped data. In addition, the project conducts conflict analysis research on the specific dynamics and context of conflict in particular areas.
The maps can be found on the following link:
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