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Youth Engagement In Beirut

The city council needs to value the active implication of its young people in city affairs through various means: •

Mechanisms for youth involvement should be designed; municipal committees would be an essential way for vital engagement. Universities and associations are offering reliable platforms where young people play a significant role in addressing social challenges by means of volunteering, team building, and expertise development.

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Experts recommended that the city establishes an incubator for social entrepreneurship that would motivate young people to generate income through solving social challenges. The actions can be guided by prioritizing social challenges, at the city level, and drawing a resolution action plan, based on a call for proposals of young talents and the support of private entities. The process can cultivate engagement in city making by establishing a common ground for urban thinking, collaborative decision making, entrepreneurship and economic vitality.

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Beirut Municipality can also provide an ecosystem for youth economic initiatives and SMEs by providing affor\dable work venues, good infrastructure (internet, electricity supply, etc.), sustainable mobility solutions, tax incentives, a platform for exposure, etc. A municipal venue, physical or virtual, would act as an interface to access information about training and opportunities for aid, etc. For example, a Youth Kiosk would create a reference point for young citizens to access information as well as an area for investors to search for talent, and space for incubators to share available opportunities.

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The Municipality of Beirut needs to position itself as a trustful and reliable reference for youth in their search for opportunities and support. Building trust requires, however, a consensus about envisioning the culture of an inclusive city, made for all and by all.

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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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