(Grant) Migration Impact Profiling for Lebanese Cities
Actual Completion Date
Lebanon has been facing massive periodic internal and external influxes since 1948. Most recently, the Syrian crisis in 2011 caused an influx of more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees to date making the country host to the world’s highest concentration of refugees compared to its total population with significant implications on the urban setting especially on the demographic, economic, security and political levels. However, the response and interventions addressing the crisis remained scattered due to limited data on specific refugee locations within cities resulting in a poor picture on shelter, water – sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and social vulnerabilities of refugees in overpopulated and disenfranchised areas. While the response has been focused on addressing direct needs of refugees, this project seeks to address the impact of the massive influx into cities and urban areas in Lebanon, so as to inform humanitarian, local authority and governmental actors and urge them to mainstream inclusive and informed interventions. The project thus promotes sound management of urban knowledge at the city level of both host and refugee populations as a precondition for recommending inclusive policies and plans. This would be through 1) Engaging national and city-level decision makers to better understand the implications and challenges of migration on Lebanese cities; 2) Enhancing the capacities of city-level decision-makers to conduct inclusive planning at the city and metropolitan levels taking into consideration the needs of all citizens and displaced communities alike; 3) Engaging citizens and local governments of the four cities of Tripoli, Beirut, Tyre and Saida in enhancing governance and decision making processes.
The project seeks to promote and implement inclusive policies and plans addressing host and migrant communities through sound management of urban knowledge at the national and city levels.
1.1 Activity: Conduct desk review 1.2 Activity: Conduct interviews, focus group discussion, mapping, working sessions and workshops with different stakeholders to gather data 1.3 Activity: Conduct training workshops for municipal councils and employees on the concept of “Inclusive Cities” and “Inclusive Planning” 1.4 Activity: Conduct national and city level validation workshops 1.5 Activity: Publish four City Profiles (Tripoli, Beirut, Tyre and Saida) 2.1 Activity: Conduct a desk review 2.2 Activity: Conduct interviews, focus group discussion, consultative meetings with different stakeholders 2.3 Activity: Conduct national validation workshops and conference 2.4 Activity: Publish State of Lebanese Cities Report 3.1 Activity: Develop, design and test the interactive online platform for cities’ knowledge/ information exchange (on refugee/ host community dynamics at city level) 3.2 Activity: Launch and promote the developed online application 3.3 Activity: Follow up and update application content 3.4 Activity: conduct Knowledge exchange meetings at the community level to share relevant information with decision-makers 4.1. Activity: Create a Knowledge Exchange Platform for active discussions between communities, NGOs and city administration on issues concerning the urban dimension of the refugee crisis 4.2 Activity: Launch meetings of Knowledge Exchange Platform in Tripoli, Beirut, Tyre and Saida
Expected Impacts and Results
Outcome 1: National (national government, humanitarian and development actors, civil society, private sector) and city level decision-makers (municipalities, local public institutions, NGOs, etc.) better understand the implications and challenges of migration on Lebanese cities. Outcome 2: City-level decision makers are enabled to conduct enhanced and inclusive planning at the city and metropolitan levels taking into consideration the needs of all citizens and displaced communities alike. Outcome 3: Citizens of the four cities and local governments jointly engage in enhanced local governance, involving all citizens - including migrant and host populations - in decision making processes