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Initiative timeframe: 2009/

Total initiative costs

€ 650,000.0
Reparted as
  • Loans -
  • Grants € 650,000.0


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The project falls in the scope of instating and reinforcing a local development strategy in Lebanon. It specifically pertains to a financial contribution amounting to Euros 650.000,00 aimed at responding to the Lebanese government request in upgrading the local governments’ capacities in order to better address local services and needs. Local authorities are considered as effective agents on both socioeconomic and democratization dimensions. Therefore, it becomes vital to reinforce their role nationwide, in a country where the applied legislative context does not reflect their autonomy neither guarantee viable administrative capacities. In particular, the project foresees building upon the initiative aiming at developing the decentralisation framework law (Italian finance) through carrying out the necessary institutional, legal, technical and dissemination procedures. It will also explore and make use of opportunities leading to setting the basis for a multi-donor fund mechanism. Last but not least, a national strategy on local development shall be elaborated. Local development actions will be formulated and executed in synergy with other donors involved in the local development sector, and in full direct and active involvement of the targeted Unions of Municipalities (the safeguard of forest resources being identified as a key immediate intervention). read more close

Main outcome

To assist the Lebanese Government, in its central and local dimensions – the General Directorate of Municipalities, the Union of Municipalities, and the Municipalities – in building a sustainable process of local development that improves economic, social and environmental conditions, thus contributing towards reducing the gap between rural, semi rural and urban areas in Lebanon, and strengthening the link between Central Government and local administrations.

Initiative data

Initiative number 009179
Purpose Decentralisation and support to subnational govt.
Sector I.5.a. Government & Civil Society-general, Total


Agency MAE - Direzione Generale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo
Counterpart authority Ministry of Interior and Municipalities
Other financiers -


The direct beneficiaries will be the Directorate General of Municipalities of the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities, the Municipalities and the Union of Municipalities involved in the program.

Title € Committed € Used
Project without name 650,000 650,000