Enhanced local coordination for effective aid provision: the case of Lebanon

Lebanon’s refugee crisis has highlighted the need for much closer coordination among the various organisations and local authorities involved in the response. A new study1 has laid the groundwork for a series of recommendations, set out in this briefing, on how national, local and international humanitarian actors can work together more effectively to enhance urban refugee responses in Lebanon and perhaps in other countries.

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Responding to the Syrian crisis in Lebanon: Collaboration between aid agencies and local governance structures

Lebanon’s refugee crisis has highlighted the need for much closer coordination among the various organisations and local authorities involved in the response. This paper analyses existing collaboration mechanisms in relation to the Syrian crisis in Lebanon and provides a series of recommendations, on how national, local and international humanitarian actors can work together more effectively to enhance urban refugee responses in Lebanon and perhaps in other countries.

Regional Technical Offices Improving Municipal Planning & Enhancing Local Governance

The Regional Training Officers is a unit performing under the mandate of the Union of Municipalities (UoM), and comprises motivated local experts and technical persons. It aims at mobilizing public and civil local actors to collectively address local needs based on available resources. The RTO is a tool that aims to strengthen local governance, enhance service delivery, and mainstream planned interventions.

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Norwegian Prime Minister visits Syrian Refugee in Lebanon

Beirut 13 November 2015-- The Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, last Saturday made a sudden and brief visit to the Nabaa neighborhood, which falls within the Municipality of Bourj Hammoud in order to take a closer look at the living conditions of Syrian refugees and how this impacts Lebanese host communities especially the most vulnerable and marginalized.

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Lebanon Updates Newsletter

Since 2007, UN-Habitat has been adopting a community based approach through establishing Regional Technical Offices (RTOs) at the level of Unions of Municipalities (UoMs).

The RTO is a unit performing under the mandate of the Union of Municipalities, and comprises motivated local experts and technical persons. The unit aims at mobilizing public and civil local actors to collectively address local needs based on available resources.

The RTO is a tool that aims to strengthen local governance, enhance service delivery, and mainstream planned interventions.

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Investigating Grey Areas: Access to Basic Urban Services in the Adjacent Areas of Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon

In July 2009, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lebanon commissioned the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) to carry out a research on access to basic urban services (BUS) in the Adjacent Areas (AAs) of Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon. The research work program started in August 2009 and ended in April 2010. For the purpose of this research, AAs are informal Palestinian gatherings that are located on the boundaries of official Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.

The BUS covered are in the sectors of:

1) Water Provision

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