Background and objectives:
The scale of the destruction in the South of Lebanon due to the events of July-August 2006 was extraordinary with about 12,000 housing units completely destroyed. In the aftermath of hostilities, the challenges facing the national shelter recovery programme were immense and complex.
The goal of the project is to respond to the immediate assistance for shelter recovery and reconstruction in Southern Lebanon while laying the foundation for the long-term sustainable reconstruction and development in Lebanon.
Proposed interventions are shaped around two main objectives:
- Strengthen the capacities of communities in 21 municipalities to plan, guide, and monitor and evaluate the reconstruction process of totally destroyed houses in their villages.
- Build the capacities of municipalities and local stakeholders to mainstream urban governance in reconstruction operations
The main activities include:
- Establish 21 Local Reconstruction Offices (LRO) and ensure necessary equipment.
- Establish village committees to assist in the operation of the 21 LROs.
- Prepare training material on community-led housing reconstruction.
- Train LRO community mobilization focal points and village committee members in 21 municipalities.
- Training on the Regional Urban Sector Profile (RUSP) approach.
- Develop urban profiles and validate findings with the municipal council and local community representatives.
- Assist municipalities in developing technical studies and project documents to implement improvements on identified services.
- Assist municipalities and their respective union of municipalities in the preparation of fundraising strategies for mobilisation of technical and financial resources to implement the improvements to services.
The results achieved have included:
- 21 Local Reconstruction Offices set up
- Local reconstruction offices established and functioning.
- Technical capacities of LRO team and local community enhanced
- 21 villages profiled
- Delivery of basic urban services improved