Established in 2006, Lebanon Support was registered as a National Non-Governmental Organisation in 2008 (registered under the number 168/2009 AD).
Lebanon Support is a multidisciplinary space creating synergies and bridging between researchers, experts, civil society and NGO practitioners, and activists. Lebanon Support aims to foster social change through innovative uses of social science, digital technologies, and publication and exchange of knowledge.
Social Science for change
Lebanon Support is a multidisciplinary space that aims to create synergies and bridge between researchers, experts, civil society and NGO practitioners, and activists. Lebanon Support aims to foster social change through innovative uses of social science, digital technologies, and publication and exchange of knowledge. We achieve our mission through:
I- Knowledge Production.
Through our Civil Society Knowledge Centre, we publish multidisciplinary, cutting-edge knowledge on thematic topics like the history of, as well as contemporary conflicts and politics, social movements, gender, migration and civil society. We have so far and since 2013, published over 40 studies and policy briefs, 31 articles, 11 interactive mappings, 16 interactive timelines, and 16 infographics, among others.
An important number of our research and publications have contributed to frame the public, policy and scientific (notably though our peer reviewed journal, the Civil Society Review) agendas and debates on thematics such as social and economic rights, social movements, civil society, Syrian refugees and migration, and gender. Since launching the pilot issue in 2015, Lebanon Support has published the review yearly, and is now in the process of finalising issue no4 of the Civil Society Review, which focuses on migration.
II- Evidence-based transformative knowledge for action.
Since its establishment in 2006, Lebanon Support has committed to an open access policy that is intended to make all of the centre’s publications available to a wider public. This stems from Lebanon Support’s mission to foster social change and push for action through innovative uses of social science, digital technologies, and publication and exchange of knowledge. This aims to ensure that knowledge produced is unrestrictedly accessible and disseminated, and can be built upon. As an action oriented research centre, we adopt a participatory, grounded methodology, that aims at informing action (at all levels, from policy to grassroots) through evidence-based knowledge. The participatory approach allows us to engage stakeholders at even the earliest stages of the knowledge production, thus creating a collaborative ecology of knowledge. Moreover, this ensures knowledge and tools published inform action by a variety of actors, whether they use our publications for their lobbying and advocacy activities, for planning, for their strategies, or for policy-making. Lastly, the interdisciplinary dimension of the knowledge production allows to draw from various domains in order to challenge the status quo, and contribute to building synergies and bridges across disciplines, but also the scientific, the practitioner, and the policy spheres.
III- Dissemination, networking and participating in various fora
Concomitantly, Lebanon Support strives to create bridges across civic spheres, academia, and expertise, and to enhance coordination and lack of duplication in the sector. Daleel Madani, initiated by Lebanon Support in the midst of the 2006 war and that aims at enhancing information sharing and collaboration between civic actors is an example of such efforts. Today, Daleel Madani acts as the network of civil society actors in Lebanon and has become the main reference for a variety of civil society actors (ranging from local organisations, collectives, municipalities, to international organisations and agencies, and more). It lists more than 1300 actors on its directory, and receives over 1million clicks per month.
Lebanon Support organises and participates in a wide range of events that engage participants and stakeholders in transformative dialogue and ensure dissemination and uptake of research findings.
These knowledge sharing events take a variety of forms that are adapted to stakeholder groups and audiences. They range from round tables and conferences (that aim to present and discuss research findings with various actors from the scientific, practitioner, and policy spheres), a postdoctoral fellowship, study weeks (which offer participatory, interdisciplinary, innovative, and intensive immersions on specific themes, and a space to reflect critically on scientific knowledge combined with localised and applied methods), open workshops and training (mainly through our Alternative Academy), and incubation and on the job coaching (through the Civil Society Incubator to provide tailored support and strengthen civil society as a whole).
In the same vein, Lebanon Support engages, actively participates, and facilitates collaborative spaces among various actors (civil society actors, scientific community, policy makers, and practitioners) through networks, platforms, and coalitions.
All of these efforts and objectives intersect and contribute to strengthen the voice and actions of actors and stakeholders including civil society, including researchers and academics, and policymakers, through the production of and open access to localised, rigorous, and evidence-based knowledge, and participatory dialogue, and where our expertise is recognised and solicited by civil society actors, academic spheres, and state institutions (notably and more recently on the national strategy for social protection).
Lebanon Support being a local, locally-driven, research centre that remains at an equal distance from all, and relies on self-sustainable models, puts it in a privileged position where it is considered as reliable and credible.
Since its establishment Lebanon Support has committed to an Open Access Policy that is intended to make the centre’s publications, content, and conference proceedings, available to a wider public. Hence, all its publications are available online without price and permission barriers. For sustainability of the centre’s own research, some of the centre’s publications, such as reference books or journals may be subject to delayed open access.
Lebanon Support was created in August 2006, in the aftermath of the Israeli July 2006 war on Lebanon. Through its portal, Lebanon Support started acting as an online space facilitating aid related information sharing and management, as well as fostering cooperation and partnerships between the different actors involved in relief and recovery activities in Lebanon.
By the start of 2007, Lebanon Support had already managed to build a network with the active involvement and membership of more than 400 organisations.
By July 2007, Lebanon Support was the only information focal point for the Nahr el-Bared crisis. Lebanon Support expanded its network and reached some 750 organisations by the end of 2007.
In 2008, and in partnership with the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA), Lebanon Support launched a nationwide mapping of non governmental organisations operating in Lebanon. Two print versions of the “Civil Society Directory” where the fruit of this collaboration in 2008 and 2010, covering more than 1,000 organisations.
In 2011, the civil society portal was moved to a separate online portal: Daleel Madani, with more than 1,300 organisations on its directory and a steadily growing audience of more than 1,000,000 per month.
In 2013, Lebanon Support launched its second programme, the Civil Society Knowledge Centre, a multidisciplinary research platform. Composed of thematic projects combining qualitative and quantitative approaches, the CSKC constitutes a seminal and innovative knowledge base and publishing platform for original research and analysis on civil society and public action issues.
In 2015, Lebanon Support launched a peer-reviewed journal, the Civil Society Review. The Civil Society Review emphasises cutting-edge and critical transdisciplinary analysis in a wide range of topics relevant to social sciences. It offers a novel space where academics and practitioners converge to discuss theories and reflect on practices.
In 2016, Lebanon support officially launched the Civil Society Incubator. This programme builds on the informal support and coaching Lebanon Support had been providing over the years through its first two programmes, Daleel Madani and the Civil Society Knowledge Centre.
Through its three programmes and its peer-reviewed journal, Lebanon Support aims to produce transformative knowledge at the service of social change.