Reina Jimenez, Gianna I. Pou



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Lebanon is currently fighting one of the worst economic crises in decades. Unemployment is rising, its currency (the Lebanese Pound) is depreciating in value. The Lebanese economy’s current debt-to-GDP ratio is one of 150%. This means it owes others way more than what it can produce and provide. The exchange rate between the Lebanese Pound (LBP) and the United States Dollar (USD) has remained fixed at 1,507.5 LBP per USD. The fact that almost half of the country’s debt is USD-denominated makes the repayment of this debt harder due to the LBP’s weakness against the USD and its continuing devaluation. This situation has triggered an uprising by Lebanese civilians as they attempt to condemn the government for years of corruption and mismanagement. The issue our paper addresses is aimed to answer the question of good governance and accountability in different CSOs and ISOs in Lebanon. We are going to use the new component of Civic Engagement Initiative (CEI) to see how it has affected good governance and accountability in these organizations in Lebanon. With this being a priority issue at hand in the Lebanese CSOs, we will be analyzing how the history of corruption in Lebanon has been a major issue in the context of development. By building alliances for local advancement, development, and investment, the BALADI CAP project will work on better responding to citizens’ needs and improve service delivery, provide capacity building assistance to improve the financial management and governance systems of CSOs and ISOs, and foster increased civic engagement in conduct of municipal affairs.

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Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Simanti Dasgupta

Primary Advisor's Department

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Reduced Inequalities

How BALADI CAP Has Helped Civil Society in Lebanon