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 actors 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 2015, Lebanon Support launched a peer-reviewed journal, the Civil Society Review. The Civil Society Review emphasises cutting-edge and critical transdisciplinary analysis in a wide range of topics relevant to social sciences. It offers a novel space where academics and practitioners converge to discuss theories and reflect on practices.
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.
Through its three programmes and its peer-reviewed journal, Lebanon Support aims to produce transformative knowledge at the service of social change.