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Building Alliance for Local Advancement, Development and Investment (BALADI)

Building Alliance for Local Advancement, Development and Investment (BALADI)

In September 2012, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Lebanon initiated a new five-year program called ‘Building Alliance for Local Advancement, Development, and Investment’ (BALADI). BALADI Program extends for five years from September 2012 – September 2017.

Through the BALADI program, USAID is encouraging municipalities (in cooperation with local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations, and members in the community) to annually submit well-prepared and well-designed community projects for possible funding from USAID BALADI program subject to the program technical criteria and fund availability.


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On Friday, March 8, 2019, USAID/Lebanon, under the BALADI program implemented by Caritas Lebanon and in partnership with Kawkaba municipality inaugurated the Kawkaba Eco Village recently established with USAID assistance in Kawkaba (Hasbaya District). The opening ceremony occurred in the presence of USAID Project Management Specialist Mrs. Christine Sayegh, Director of programs and operations of Caritas Lebanon Director of Programs and Operations Mr. Bruno Attieh, and Mayor of Kawkaba Municipality Dr. Elie Abou Nakoul. The Kawkaba Eco Village project is part of the municipality’s efforts to promote sustainable rural tourism in the region, revive the traditions of the village, boost economic growth and bring people, tourists and residents together. The speeches were followed by a technical presentation on the project and a short documentary showcasing the project and the village; it was then followed by a tour of the completed venue, the bungalows, and a traditional Lebanese products market. The project consists of seven bungalows, a snack bar, and a garden for local and international tourists in the rural area of Hasbaya. USAID provided $250K worth of in-kind assistance to support the municipality and community of Kawkaba to create an eco-village that will benefit more than 1,500 Lebanese residents, tourists, and youth. This initiative is being implemented in partnership with the Kawkaba municipality, which contributed $246K worth of land, labor, and supplies. #USAID #BALADI #CaritasLebanon #KEV

As part of the Baladi Program, RMF and the municipalities of Al Amayer, Al Noura, Al Debbabieh (Akkar district) and Kfardlakos and Rachiine (Zgharta district) are calling for an invitation to bid to install an earthing system for the towns’ steel poles.

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Within the framework of "BALADI" program funded by the US Agency for International Development in Lebanon (USAID), "Statistics Lebanon" outsourced by Rene Moawad Foundation and Caritas Lebanon is conducting a survey to measure the improvement of public services in the selected municipalities for the first round of "BALADI" program through the perception of various number of community representatives from the targeted local communities.
Caritas Lebanon
Rene Moawad Foundation
Beyond Beirut
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