“Dialogue for Democracy: Youth Engaging in a Structured Dialogue over their Rights” project was implemented during 2020 with the support of ifa and the German Federal Foreign Office. On the long term, the project aims at enhancing the culture of accountability and dialogue in all public issues. On the short term, its aims at consolidating a structured dialogue at 2 levels: 1) among youth coming from diverse backgrounds, to help them develop their collective efficacy in advocating their rights; 2) between youth and decision-makers over youth right based issues.
The project consisted of a series of 5 webinars, with the participation of 1 decision-maker, 1 expert, and a group of youth coming from various NGOs, youth wings in political parties, and local youth initiatives from across the country. Also, a residential youth gathering was held, gathering active youth from across the country with the aim to develop their collective efficacy over right- based issues. Conceptual discussion sessions and edutainment sessions were delivered during the gathering, including plenary sessions, group work, improvisation and self-expression exercises. Besides, one kick-off meeting and one closing meeting were held at the beginning of the project with the aim to have youth participants identify topics for the webinars, and at the end of the project with the aim to have them reflect, evaluate and give recommendations for future projects and activities.
A total of 323 (160 females+ 160 males) youth participated in the various activities of the project.
Communication materials were produced in the frame of the project, including videos, press releases, quotes, and testimonies among others. This could be found on Masar’s social media platforms.
Below is a briefing on the 5 webinars.
- Webinar 1 titled “Public Policies: Role and Importance – the Experience of Lebanon and Other Countries” – hosted Mr. Charles Arbid, the President of the Economic & Social Council.
- Webinar 2 titled “Employment Policies: Challenges, Failures, Prospects” – hosted MP Neemat Frem, the President of the Parliamentary Committee of National Economy, and Trade and Industry and Planning as the decision-maker.
- Webinar 3 titled “Prospects of Food Sovereignty in Lebanon” – hosted Dr. Maurice Saade, Representative of FAO (Food& Agriculture Organization) in Lebanon.
- Webinar 4 titled “Youth Participation in Elections: Towards Full Citizenship” – hosted resigned MP Elias Hankach.
- Webinar 5 titled “The Electronic Government: Reclaiming Efficiency and Transparency in Administrative Governance” – hosted Dr. Rania Fakhoury, the Director of IT projects at the Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform (OMSAR).