“Improving Internal Governance, Financial Management and Communications of Select Lebanese Municipalities”
RMF launches its new project “Improving Internal Governance, Financial Management and Communications of Select Lebanese Municipalities”. The project is funded by USAID BALADI CAP.
To ensure sustainability and best practices, BALADI CAP has engaged five service providers who will ensure that local CSOs and municipalities work hand in hand for the welfare of their communities on issues that will have a positive impact on the citizens. The providers were Rene Moawad Foundation (RMF), Association for Forests, Development, and Conservation (AFDC), ArabiaGIS (AGIS), For Development, C.C., Quick Solutions Company (QSC).
A launching event took place in a launching event on Dec 8, 2017, at the Padova Hotel, Sin el Fil to introduce the service provider teams with municipalities. These service providers are currently working under municipal capacity building component and have met with representatives from BALADI CAP’s 38 partner municipalities, 25 of whom attended with two unions of municipalities.
RMF had the opportunity to present its team that includes two administrative judges from the Lebanese Court of Audit (responsible for oversight of municipalities): Judge Rosy Sader, and Judge Wassim Abou Saad, retired senior expert in municipal financial management and organizational development: Mr. Hussein Hallal, senior communication Expert: Mr. Fares Harfouche, senior development planning expert and senior gender expert: Mrs. Sawsan Mehdi. as well as the work and Capacity building on 1)Organization development and financial management, 2) Strategic planning for local development and 3) Advocacy and Outreach/Communication to 38 Selected Municipalities throughout Lebanon as part of this project component, and in coherence with each municipality’s action plan. A brief Q&A session followed each presentation.
As a firm supporter of democracy, the Rene Moawad Foundation believes in the importance of empowering all citizens to enact meaningful change in their own communities. In accordance with this, RMF has chosen to focus on empowering Local Authorities across Lebanon to implement projects to benefit their communities. RMF will leverage its significant experience in the past years specifically in decentralization activities in order to implement “Improving Internal Governance, Financial Management and Communications of Select Lebanese Municipalities” program.
Ms. Nadine Roumieh, RMF BALADI CAP project Manager thanked USAID and MSI for their trust in RMF to implement the project that holds promising results to municipalities in Lebanon.