BALADI CAP – Field Visits

BALADI CAP welcomes aboard the Municipality of Hazmieh!

The USAID-funded BALADI CAP’s Civic Engagement for Democratic Governance
component (CEDG) conducted a participatory Benchmark Assessment at the Municipality of Hazmieh today.



The exercise brought together 17 council members and municipal staff, consisting of 15 males and 2 females, in order to assess the municipality’s current status in several components using CEDG’s Municipal Capacity Assessment Tool (MCAT). This activity allowed participants to reflect on their strengths and identify potential areas of improvement. A subsequent prioritization exercise created an arena for discussion allowing participants to express what they deemed was a necessity for the municipality’s advancement.


BALADI CAP conducts Benchmark Assessment with SHEILD

Baladi Cap’s Capacity Building Component carried out a benchmark assessment with Tyre-based civil society organization SHEILD. The Baladi Cap team included Deputy Chief of Party/Senior Finance Specialist Alice Azar, Senior Organizational Development Specialist Rania Skaine and Senior M&E Specialist Colette Azzi.


Following up closely on the assessment from the SHEILD team were Executive Director Ayman al Roz, General Coordinator Ghassan Haydar, Senior Finance Officer Sara Srour, Board President Samer Haydar and Finance Officer Ahmad Shehade.




BALADI CAP conducts 5 types of field visits:

1. Introductory Visits

A meeting that is held with Partner Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) upon joining BALADI CAP. This meeting aims at introducing CSOs per cohort to BALADI CAP, its objectives, OCA-CAT Tool and Assessment Day agenda and process.


2. Benchmark Assessments

First capacity building assessment that is conducted per Civil Society Organization (CSO) upon joining BALADI CAP. The first assessment will be used as a benchmark or point of reference that will help track CSOs progress across different key components, including selected priorities.


3. Action Plan Visits

Post first capacity building assessment visit primarily aimed at sharing developed action plan with respective CSO.


4. Coaching Missions

Coaching Missions will set the agenda for On-the-Job Training & Mentoring in coordination with supervisor that will oversee day-to-day implementation of training received by staff members, to ensure institutionalization and passing on of individual knowledge to the institution.


5. On-The-Job Training & Mentoring

Training of selected staff members on the job/in the work place.




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