ART GOLD Lebanon

The Italian Government, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Council for Development & Reconstruction (CDR), organized a press conference for the launch of the project for Supporting the regional networks for Local Development "ART GOLD", presided over by the Italian ambassador to Lebanon, H.E. Mr. Franco Mistretta, UNDP Resident Representative, Dr. Mona Hammam and CDR President Mr. Nabil Al Jisr. The launch took place on Friday 22 September 2006, at the Council for Development & Reconstruction (CDR), at 10:00 AM.

The project operates on three levels:
• A local one with municipalities and provinces.
• A national one with the central government and the project national committee.
• An international one with the Hub for Innovative Partnership (HIP) in Geneva, to coordinate with the municipalities and provinces in Europe and other developed countries.

Major goals:

1- Enhancing good governance at the local governmental and administrative level, through Municipalities' capacity buildings to plan and direct the resources, in addition to implement and evaluate the local Human Development projects in partnership with the civil society and the private sector.
2- Local Economic Development that includes activities related to enhancing sustainable development, poverty alleviation, broadening economic possibilities, and empowering the poor to have access to productive jobs. In addition, the programme works on building local economic development cadres qualified to support small and medium productive institutions.
3- Providing public services and enhancing the ones related to public health, education, culture, environment and infrastructure, especially targeting municipalities, Unions, youth and local communities.

The Project duration is 36 months, and the allocated budget is $ 8,292,383.

The Project will be realized in the poorest and needy areas according to the available data. The beneficiary areas are the following:
• Three Kadaas in North Lebanon ( Akkar, Menyé-Dinniyé and Tripoli-Bab Al Tabbana).
• Five Kadaas in South Lebanon (Marjeyoun, Hasbaya, Bint Jbeil, Nabatiyeh and Tyre).
• Two Kadaas in the Bekaa region (West Bekaa and Rashaya).

The project will coordinate with other UNDP projects ongoing in those areas.

The project was developed prior to the last war on Lebanon, nevertheless it gained a higher significance after the war due to the massive destruction of villages and local infrastructure; Therefore, the needs for reconstruction have been growing for the sake of recovery and sustainable development.

The programme strategy includes the support to innovations for local development, training of local development managers including collaboration with national and international universities.

The two main adopted project's instruments and chosen by UNDP are Local Economic Development Agencies (LEDAs) and Decentralised Cooperation.

Both the LEDAs and the decentralised cooperation proved effective in very diversified contexts, because they are specially designed to adapt to different and changing conditions on one hand and to build partnerships and communicate with local committees towards local development on the other hand.