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Youth Engagement In Beirut

It is estimated that 87% of people in Lebanon live in urban areas, most of whom live in greater Beirut and Tripoli, with around 10% living in administrative Beirut. Therefore, and given the complexity of the Lebanese policy-making landscape at the national level, it is essential to explore youth engagement and advancement of youth policies at city-scale. Municipalities are key decision-makers who can play a leading role within their jurisdiction to reach out to youth and engage with them to both develop local policies and serve as a channel for national lobbying. Municipalities are the elected local authorities who are responsible for managing all affairs within their jurisdiction. For instance, they are responsible for the planning of the city, they can develop public transportation routes, activate public spaces, develop cultural heritage programs, etc. (46). Almost all of Lebanon is under the jurisdiction of different municipalities who can be in direct contact with youth and young adults - a capacity that the Ministry of Education has through its mandate on schools and to some lesser extent the Ministry of Social Affairs through its local branches. The law grants municipalities the ability to form official specialized committees that include both members of the municipal board and any citizen. As such, municipalities could act as the closest authority to youth and young adults in the policy-making process in Lebanon. The Youth Engagement Index project in Beirut implemented by NAHNOO, URBEGO, LOYAC, and Architects For Change, aims to explore the limits and potentials of youth involvement in the policy-making process at the city level of Beirut, answering the following questions:

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WHAT IS THE CURRENT LEVEL OF YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN CITY-MAKING IN BEIRUT?

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WHAT ARE THE OBSTACLES FOR YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN CITY-MAKING?

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WHAT ARE THE PRINCIPLES, APPROACHES AND RESOURCES COULD ENABLE A MORE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF YOUTH?

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WHAT METHODS FOR ENGAGING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE IN CITY-MAKING COULD GENERATE MORE INCLUSIVE AND EFFICIENT POLICIES?

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Youth Engagement in Beirut  

This publication shares the findings of a one-year assessment on youth engagement in the urban governance of Beirut. The "Youth Engagement I...

Youth Engagement in Beirut  

This publication shares the findings of a one-year assessment on youth engagement in the urban governance of Beirut. The "Youth Engagement I...

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