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European funding to civil organizations, SMEs

29-1-2020

The French Development Agency, the French Agency for International Technical Expertise (Expertise France) and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) launched yesterday their joint project ‘Network’. The latter is aimed to develop the organizational capacities of civil society organizations in Lebanon to help them implement their plans, namely those that serve the most vulnerable persons, including marginalized women and girls across Lebanon, as well as Syrian women refugees. A joint financing of 8 million euros was allocated over a 3-year period to 7 NGOs, namely: Insan Association, Digital Opportunity Trust, Al Najdeh Association, Ruwwad Lebanon, Fair Trade Lebanon and Akkar Network for Development. These NGOs operate mainly in sectors, like education, fair trade development, digital technology and support for displaced persons, refugees, and marginalized women and girls. During the launch ceremony, event organizers released a statement noting that Lebanese NGOs play a fundamental role in addressing challenges facing the country, adding that the dependence of these organizations on financial aid from international donors reflects organizational problems they face. On the other hand, Expertise France concluded yesterday the activities of its EU-funded program which started in 2016 for the development of the private sector. To recall, said program assigned 15 million euros for restructuring or regrouping small and medium enterprises (SMEs) within stronger groups in order to use the resources and incomes more successfully and cost effectively, in addition to expanding their market and facilitating their access to investments and creating new jobs. (An Nahar, Al Diyar, L’Orient Le Jour, January 29, 2020)

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