Beirut, December 10 2015
The USAID-funded BALADI program announced 42 new municipal-led local development projects that will receive in-kind assistance, at a launching ceremony in Le Royal Hotels & Resorts, Dbayeh. This launch comes as a follow- up to the BALADI program’s second call for funding municipal development projects in January 2015, thereby paving the way for a greater number of municipalities to submit projects that respond to their community needs.
The event took place in the presence of Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Richard Jones, USAID Mission Director Carolyn Bryan, René Moawad Foundation President Nayla Moawad, Caritas-Lebanon President Father Paul Karam, René Moawad Foundation Executive Director Michel Moawad, as well as representatives from various municipalities across Lebanon.
The 42 new municipal-led local development projects cover nine sectors: agro-processing, irrigation, access to potable water, rural tourism, entrepreneurship and skills training, public education, electricity generation through solar power, sports facilities for youth, and community center. The projects will engage 92 municipalities and villages across Lebanon (more than 8% of the total number of municipalities) and 77 local NGOs, and are expected to improve the lives of more than 250,000 persons by the end of the BALADI program in 2017.
The BALADI program assists municipalities through the provision of in-kind competitive grants and technical assistance to implement community development activities in Lebanon. This support enhances the ability of municipalities to address long-term development needs. The program is implemented throughout Lebanon by Caritas Lebanon and the René Moawad Foundation. To date, the BALADI has assisted 17 municipal activities in 15 districts totaling $3.6 million and benefiting more than 100,000 people.