Background and objectives
Hayy el Sullum is one of the most deprived areas in Beirut southern suburb. After the 2006 war with Israel, it was found that at least 70 buildings had major cracks. Field assessments also revealed that 50 buildings had their rainwater and sanitation systems damaged. In addition, common infrastructure in the three affected areas was also damaged, mainly to roads, sidewalks and septic tanks. It is also estimated that at least 200 internally displaced families, currently settled in Hayy El Sullum, face a number of shelter-related, livelihood and integration challenges.
The intermediate objectives of the project were:
- To create an abridged volume which captures the core messages of the original 12 modules of the UN-HABITAT training series on leadership roles and competencies for distribution to councillors during training sessions.
- To undertake a rapid training needs assessment among potential participants in close collaboration with the UNDP North Lebanon Programme.
- To enhance the leadership role of councillors, officials and stakeholders through the conduct of four training programmes including competencies for local elected leaders,to local government finances, creating a financial framework for local governments and building bridges between communities and local government through strategic planning and conflict management.
- To follow-up and undertake training impact evaluation.
The main activities included:
- Design and prepare training events in liaison with UN-HABITAT.
- Oversee the adaptation and translation of an abridged volume of the UN-HABITAT training materials.
- Manage the delivery of all training and provide support to the trainers.
- Establish baseline information and practical, easy-to-collect, measurable indicators for impact evaluation.
- Conduct a training impact evaluation
The results achieved have been:
- Local government established as dependable partner to lead the programming, review and implementation of reconstruction activities.
- Improved implementation of recovery and infrastructure projects in selected municipalities.
- Conflict management approaches disseminated and utilized through the region, paving the way for sustainable growth.
- Transferable good practices in local governance leadership disseminated, capacities built and skills developed.
- Strengthened capacity of national training institutes to support good local governance objectives and to service the needs of local governments.