Lebanon Support strives for a fair society with a strong civic voice. We aim at enhancing civil society capacity, efficiency, and effectiveness through the creation of public spaces for reflection, collaboration, and debate.

Lebanon Support is an independent non-governmental, non-religious, non-partisan, and non-profit making information and research centre for and about civil society. Established in 2006, Lebanon Support was registered as a National Non-Governmental Organisation in November 2008 (registered under the number 168/2009 AD).

Lebanon Support aims at enhancing civil society capacity, efficiency, and effectiveness through the creation of public spaces for reflection, collaboration, and debate in Lebanon.

Within this framework Lebanon Support focuses on information and knowledge production, sharing and management, as it is within Lebanon Support’s beliefs, that knowledge is at the heart of developing adequate strategies and interventions to reduce existing vulnerabilities and marginalisation in the country.

Lebanon Support adopts a multidisciplinary approach and evidence and fact based methodologies in civil society work in Lebanon, so as to support and develop a civic voice, and work towards better accountability and societal change.

Lebanon Support promotes and supports knowledge sharing between organisations in Lebanon, through the exchange of experiences, ideas, and information across sectors and among civil society actors in Lebanon.

  • Justice and solidarity
  • Collaboration, participation and networking
  • Diversity and mutual respect
  • Sustainability and shared responsibility
  • Transparency and accountability

 Since its establishment Lebanon Support has committed to an Open Access Policy that is intended to make the centre’s publications, content, and conference proceedings, available to a wider public. Hence, all its publications are available online without price and permission barriers. For sustainability of the centre’s own research, some of the centre’s publications, such as reference books or journals may be subject to delayed open access.

Lebanon Support was created in August 2006, in the aftermath of the Israeli July 2006 war on Lebanon. Through its portal, Lebanon Support started acting as an online space facilitating aid related information sharing and management, as well as fostering cooperation and partnerships between the different bodies involved in relief and recovery activities in Lebanon.

By the start of 2007, Lebanon Support had already managed to build a network with the active involvement and membership of more than 400 organisations.

By July 2007, Lebanon Support was the only information focal point for the Nahr el-Bared crisis. Lebanon Support expanded its network and reached some 750 organisations by the end of 2007.

In 2008, and in partnership with the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA), Lebanon Support launched a nationwide mapping of non-governmental organisations operating in Lebanon. Two print versions of the “Civil Society Directory” where the fruit of this collaboration in 2008 and 2010, covering more than 1,000 organisations.

In 2011, the civil society portal was moved to a separate online portal: Daleel Madani, with more than 1,300 organisations on its directory and a steadily growing audience of more than 1,000,000 per month.

In 2013, Lebanon Support launched its second programme, the Civil Society Knowledge Centre, a multidisciplinary research platform. Composed of thematic projects combining qualitative and quantitative approaches, the CSKC constitutes a seminal and innovative knowledge base and publishing platform for original research and analysis on civil society and public action issues.

In 2016, Lebanon support officially launched the Civil Society Incubator. This programme builds on the informal support and coaching Lebanon Support had been providing over the years through its first two programmes, Daleel Madani and the Civil Society Knowledge Centre.

Today, Lebanon Support has proven to be one of the leading organisations in Lebanon in the sector of knowledge production and has produced several quality research and studies covering a variety of themes and disciplines pertaining to civil society work in Lebanon.

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This talk hinges on the centrality of the labour movement in the political and economic struggle for change despite structural changes in the global economy hampering the activity and scope of associational power. The talk examines the overall labour movement transformations in Lebanon and underlines the central impediments to its development.
New on The Scene: Can Emerging Political Actors and Women Make Headway in Lebanon's 2018 Parliamentary Elections?

The consociational system as well as kinship-based politics have not allowed circulation of political elites, limiting the entry and participation of newcomers and women to the political scene in Lebanon. The 2018 Lebanese parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place on 6 May after nearly a decade since the last time they were held.

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Internship opportunities now available
Lebanon Support is constantly looking for interns to join our team. Interns joining Lebanon Support will have access to a wide range of resources in the fields of information management and research, and will acquire new skills and a better understanding of Lebanon’s civil society sector, as well...