· Donor: MAJALAT-Solidar
· Partners: No partners
· Duration: 2020
· Total Budget: USD 8,952
Empowering nascent activist groups and creating room for structured dialogue is an important initiative in order to advance in curbing corruption and establish a reformed legislative framework. LTA views it as a core factor today in Lebanon to empower the Lebanese public and mainly youth activist group, who are key players in the movements today, in order to curb corruption and establish good governance. Furthermore, the rationalization of the political and reform discourse is a cornerstone in achieving real structural progress and limiting political manipulation/populism.
This project consists of supporting and building the capacities of nascent activist groups on the different pillars of anti-corruption in Lebanon and engaging them in LTA’s advocacy efforts. Additionally, this project will be creating a space of dialogue between those nascent groups and the related stakeholders, whether in the governmental or non-governmental sphere, in order to advance legislative work.
Activity #1: LTA organized two workshops; every workshop took place over 2 separate days and in parallel.
The following topics were covered:
The Role of Youth in fighting corruption
The National Anti-Corruption Strategy
The Right to Access Information and its law
The National Anti-Corruption Commission
The new Illicit Enrichment Law in Lebanon
Workshops’ participants got trained by leading experts in the field of Good Governance in Lebanon: Me Ali Berro from the Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform, who has been following up on the NACS1; Judge Rana Akoum – the Representative of the Ministry of Justice who has spearheaded the Illicit Enrichment law amendment ; Mohammad Almoghabat – Legal Advisor, PhD candidate in International Constitutional Law and expert on the Right to Access Information and NACC2; and Julien Courson – Executive Director of LTA.
Activity #2: Online Panel discussion event
As space for dialogue constitute a core element for the advancement of change and reform, it was essential for LTA to help building bridges between the experts, decision makers and youth. Thus, LTA organized on the 7th of December, 2020, a dialogue event which gathered around 30 participants with EU delegation representative Bendy Dagher representing Rein Neiland (Head of Governance section in the EU Delegation in Lebanon); MP George Okeiss and MP Inaya Ezzedine. The dialogue was moderated by LTA Chair Dr. Mosbah Majzoub.
Activity #3: 5 participants-made advocacy visuals
Five visuals were prepared by workshops’ participants were posted on LTA’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Messages pushing for the application of the Right to Access Information Law, Financial and Asset Disclosure and the Punishment of Illicit Enrichment Law, and Combatting Corruption in the Public Sector and the Establishment of the NACC Law; in addition to the importance of whistleblowing were represented and produced by participants.
Activity #4: 5 opinion pieces produced by trainees and published