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citizens. The components of security were allocated varying importance in the assessment of different participants. Political party representatives were mainly concerned with geopolitical security, while others were concerned with safety in public spaces (in particular for women and marginalized groups), the rise of crime rate, or safety on the road. Consequently, the former group emphasized the improvement while the latter emphasized the degradation of personal safety. Mobility was a shared subject of dissatisfaction among participants and referred to the low quality of public transportation networks, their lack of coverage and the missing connectivity between areas. The heavily car-based system and the unregulated of collective transportation have resulted in a heavy congestion and a lack of parking lots in the city, leading to the degradation of walking and biking experiences. Initiatives to establish a bus network, underground metro and the revitalization of train services were considered essential to dissolve barriers and improve social mobility among the young population.

Beirut, Lebanon – photo © Sawsan Saad

WHY SHOULDN’T THEY ALLOW PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN POLICYMAKING? THE MUNICIPALITY MUST COME UP WITH PARTICIPATORY METHODS, AND WE SHOULD BE AUTHORIZED TO ATTEND COUNCIL MEETINGS AS OBSERVERS. HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT WE ARE DOING OK WHEN IT HAS BEEN 12 YEARS SINCE THEY ISSUED THE LAST NATIONAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT? – PRESIDENT OF AN NGO

Burn fat not Fuel – photo © Farah Makki

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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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