About Lebanon Support

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

We aim at enhancing civil society capacity, efficiency and effectiveness through the creation of public spaces for reflection, collaboration and debate on and for civil society in Lebanon. Our multidisciplinary approach and evidence and fact based methodologies in civil society work in Lebanon seek to support and develop a civic voice, and work towards better accountability and societal change.

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

We promote and support 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 started operations in August 2006, in the aftermath of the Israeli July 2006 war on Lebanon. Through its portal www.lebanon-support.org, Lebanon Support acted as an online space to facilitate aid related information sharing and management, as well as to foster cooperation and partnerships between the different bodies involved in relief and recovery activities in Lebanon.

By the beginning of 2007, Lebanon Support had already managed to build an information network with the active involvement and membership of more than 400 organisations. By July 2007, Lebanon Support was mandated by National, International NGOs, and UN Bodies as the official information focal point for the Nahr El-Bared crisis. Under such mandate, Lebanon Support expanded its network and it reached by the end of 2007 some 750 organisations.

In 2009, and with an active partnership with the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA), Lebanon Support began re-organising its network to cover development, emergency and recovery activities and launched a nation-wide mapping of non-governmental organisations operating in Lebanon. Based on that mapping, Lebanon Support’s civil society network was expanded to cover more than 1,000 organisations. Two print versions of the “Civil Society Directory” were the fruit of this collaboration with MoSA: in 2008 and 2010.

Lebanon Support currently provides information and knowledge services to more than 1,300 organisations through its two main platforms: Daleel Madani and the Civil Society Knowledge Center. Lebanon Support has proven itself to be one of the leading research centres in Lebanon, and has produced several research reports and studies, info-graphic visuals, and online knowledge products (such as interactive mappings) covering a variety of themes and disciplines pertaining to civil society work in Lebanon.

Lebanon Support’s expertise in information production and management derives from its solid links with Lebanon’s vibrant civil society, in addition to its pool of professionals and experts in Development, Information Management, Social Sciences, Urban Development, Crisis Management, among others.