and peace building
UNDP has traditionally been engaged in strengthening civil peace in Lebanon. We have worked with addressing sectarian, communal divides, and the risks of conflict relapse. In the recent years, we have focused on Lebanese communities in becoming more equipped to face new challenges and manage crisis situations. Our current work on peacebuilding includes:
•education promoting social cohesion
•encouraging balanced and conflict sensitive media coverage
•local level peace building strategies to mitigate tensions in conflict prone areas
UNDP has continuously supported the dialogue on Palestinian refugees.
•At the national level, UNDP has worked with the Lebanese Palestinian Dialogue Committee (LPDC), which remains the main focal point within the Government of Lebanon on Palestinian issues. UNDP’s work has focused on keeping the issue of basic needs services (adequate food, housing and medical care) for Palestinian refugees on the Government’s agenda.
•UNDP has established itself as a key UN agency, which strengthens cooperation and service delivery between municipalities and informal Palestinian Gatherings (i.e. neighborhoods located outside the refugee camps where Palestinian refugee households live together).
•The establishment of a national observatory for Palestinian Gatherings has contributed to national policy planning and coordination among NGOs working in the gatherings.
UNDP has supported vulnerable groups in accessing basic security and justice services that respond to their concrete and perceived needs, in a context of growing tensions and increased human rights violations. These tensions and violations have a negative impact on the local social fabric in host communities and national stability at large. UNDP has addressed this development challenge through:
•Professionalizing municipal police, improving service delivery of Municipal Police pilot stations
•Establishing community security platforms
•Developing capacities of both law-enforcement and administrative institutions to boost the efficiency of security services
•Developing capacities to collect and analyse data to improve the understanding of security issues at a local level, as well as to produce and roll-out policies preventing insecurity
•Creating legal helpdesks for vulnerable groups, which allow access to basic justice services
•Improving corrections facilities’ infrastructure, developing training of corrections personnel and supporting social reintegration measures for detainees
•Supporting ISF internal oversight mechanisms, as well as external oversight capacities.