Lebanon – Urban Economy

The capacity of partner cities to adopt and implement strategies supportive of inclusive economic growth is also an integral part of the city and neighbourhood-profiling program. The program is already underway throughout 2015/2016. UN-Habitat Lebanon expects that the next city and neighbourhood profiles of Tyre, Beirut and Saida will be developed and done in collaboration with some national government bodies as well as with local authorities. City profiles are meant to be developed as a tool used by local authorities to increase their planning and response capacities. City profiles are also meant to encourage local authorities to plan for their constituencies in terms of economic sustainability, produce comprehensive and strategic department plans and develop more efficient neighbourhood plans in the long-term instead of reacting on an ad-hoc basis.

The profiles will review city functionality, economy services understanding capacities and coping mechanisms for the identification of recovery priorities. This will help the capacity of targeted cities to adopt urban policies and programmes supportive of increased employment, livelihoods and opportunities with focus on urban youth and women. City and neighbourhood profiles constitute a framework on which national government and local authorities derive action plans and programming from. Furthermore, youth and women often constitute a resource that is often not drawn upon and could be catalysed in improving living conditions of both host communities and refugees as sources of employment and catalytic agents, given UN-Habitat integrated approach in mainstreaming youth and gender equality in programming.

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