Programme to support population in need, Lebanon and other Middle East countries, 1996-2010.
Posted on 1 Aug 2008 by:Foundation for the Social Promotion of Culture (Fundacion Promocion Social de la Cultura) [NGO]
Location: Beirut, the BekÓa, Kab Elias, Lebanon
Topic: Not specified
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Description (methodology, techniques and strategies used)
Since 1996 the Spanish NGO Foundation for the Social Promotion of Culture (FPSC), and the Lebanese NGO arcenciel (aec), are designing and implementing Development Projects to improve the quality of life of disabled people and youth. For this purpose nine projects have been or are developed in the area for a total budget of 7,221,000 euros, being the main donor the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID). The mentioned projects are the following:
Furthermore, arcenciel reputation and the programs efficiency has generated requests from many countries all over the world. Today, many programs mainly for youth are being implemented in 3 neighbouring countries, prove of the strength and durability of the partnership between FPSC and aec.
For these purposes, FPSC has followed its own strategy of working under a stable partnership among the civil societies of North and South, in order to create strong Development Agents, able to promote the implementation of successful working practices. These are "best practices" that may be used as models, so through this work, it becomes possible to have a real influence on the public policies designed by the governments, not only in one country, but in the region, encouraging a new form of cooperation North-South-South. This is following clearly the 15th article of the mentioned Paris Declaration: "Donors commit to respect partner country leadership and help strengthen their capacity to exercise it."
FPSC believes in the enormous strength of a well designed civil society, with technical and financial supports, so that it may implement initiatives to improve the quality of life of the society itself. FPSC believes also in the very positive impacts that these initiatives may cause when they are taken into account by the governments. To obtain it, the following is necessary:
aec bases the implementation of these projects on three main pillars:
1st: The idea of "Sustainable Development":
3rd: The importance of the interactions: to promote the differences allows exploring the higher number of paths, and it allows always innovation. The person in need working for the person in need is a guarantee of the integrity of the action, as it is itself the one who may evaluate the problems and the corresponding solutions. At the same time, using the New Technologies assures efficiency , economy and coherence.
Evidence of results and impact
On top of the evidence which is the Appropriation by the local Government commented above, the following figures are provided:
Total beneficiaries: Direct: 61,150. Indirect: more than 300,000
Services provided: more than 500,000
Operational Centres for disabled running: 6
Operational Centres for youth and running: 6