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Young Men’s Christian Association’s Integrated Rural Development Program in Lebanon (1997/2000)

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Proiect Goal and Objectives

The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Lebanon Integrated Rural Development Program in Lebanon is a three-year project beginning October 1, 1997 and ending September 30, 2000. The implementation plan is scheduled for execution on a yearly basis.

The Section 933 is making available to the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Lebanon, through a Cooperative Agreement dated September 30, 1997 and amended September 14, 1998, the sum of US$ 6,923,844 over a period of three years in support of this project. The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Lebanon also expects to raise the sum of US$ 2,404,842 locally, in the form of community self-help donations, contributions from local governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations.

The goal of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Lebanon Integrated Rural Development Program in Lebanon is to promote stability and sustainable socio-economic development in targeted clusters of remote rural villages in Lebanon. An integrated package of project activities designed to meet this goal is being implemented in 6 clusters located in the Aakkar District (2), Baalbek District (1), Bent Jbayl District - Marjaayoun District (1), Nabatiyeh District (1), and Rachaiya District - Hasbaiya District (1).

The Integrated Rural Development Program is addressing identified problems in rural Lebanon, including uneven post-civil war economic recovery, lack of economic opportunities, rural to urban migration, environmental degradation, and disintegrated structures of civic participation in rural areas.

Despite the cessation of armed civil conflict 10 years ago, Lebanon is still beset by significant social, political, and economic problems created by the legacy of some twenty years of intense fighting. Foremost among the challenges now facing Lebanon is to address the continuing legacy of economic inequality which was one of the significant contributing factors to the outbreak of the civil war in 1975. In order to provide for the stable post-war reconstruction of Lebanon, the current urban-rural imbalances in the national economy and infrastructure must be addressed to mitigate the excessive urbanization and decimation of the rural economic sector of the country. The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Lebanon is attempting to reverse this legacy of economic inequality and rural-urban disparities by supporting sustainable development activities in rural and remote areas of Lebanon.

A holistic cluster approach has been designed to provide targeted assistance for expanded economic opportunities and improved community service structures in the 34 rural villages covered in the selected clusters. In both its design and mode of implementation, the integrated set of project activities, to be implemented at the cluster level, are intended to :

- (1) mitigate the negative social and political consequences of uneven economic recovery;
- (2) lessen the trend of rural to urban migration;
- (3) promote local self-reliance, tolerance, and governance; and
- (4) improve community awareness and the practice of appropriate environmental management procedures.

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Integrated Rural Development Program in Lebanon - Part1 (Source : USAID)
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Integrated Rural Development Program in Lebanon - Part2 (Source : USAID)
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Integrated Rural Development Program in Lebanon - Annexes A,B,C (Source : USAID)