The USAID-funded Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) project aims to build the capacity of selected civil society organizations (CSOs) to manage and implement grants, in addition to building the capacities of municipalities and their civil society organizations partners to strengthen citizen-municipality cooperation in local policy and decision-making.
BALADI CAP is composed of 3 components; Capacity Building Component (CBC), Civic Engagement for Democratic Governance component (CEDG), and the Civic Engagement Initiative (CEI).
CBC focuses on building the individual and institutional capacity of CSOs through a systematic process that allows the organizations to become direct recipients of donor funding, act as primary players in project implementation, comply with USAID rules and regulations and deliver measurable results.
The CEDG component complements CBC by building the capacity of municipalities and municipal unions in organizational development, financial management, IT and disaster management. CEDG also builds the capacity of local CSOs on issues related to local government transparency, oversight and participatory planning.
The CEI component seeks to enhance democracy, human rights and governance in Lebanon by broadening the democratic space for citizen participation in public affairs and creating platforms for informed public debate and the competition of ideas by not following sectarian and confessional lines. BALADI CAP is committed to the establishment of at least three national issue networks on advocacy within the next three years, and to building sustainability mechanism within each network.