Lebanon Support is a multidisciplinary research centre for and about civil society.
Who We Are

Lebanon Support is a research centre for and about civil society. 

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.
 

Open Access Policy

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.

Brief History

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.

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Public Events at Lebanon Support's Migration Study Week

Lebanon Support is organising two open events in parallel to our Study Week on Migration. Lebanon Support’s Migration Study Week titled “Migration, mobility, and circulation in the Middle East: rethinking inequalities and informality” aims at providing practitioners, junior researchers, and journalists that work with and on refugees the opportunity to reflect critically on the main problematics that shape migration, mobility, and...

Partnerships Matter: Bringing back effectiveness and ethics in civil work

On May 23, 2019, Lebanon Support, in partnership with the Arab NGO Network for Development organised  a workshop on localisation, democratic ownership, mutual accountability and equitable partnerships. at antwork (Hamra). The workshop was facilitated by independent consultant, Ahmad Mroue. The first session on understanding localisation and democratic ownership was moderated by Ziad Abdel Samad (Arab NGO Network for Development) who introduced. Nasser Yassine (Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs). 

Public Events at Lebanon Support's Migration Study Week

Lebanon Support is organising two open events in parallel to our Study Week on Migration. Lebanon Support’s Migration Study Week titled “Migration, mobility, and circulation in the Middle East: rethinking inequalities and informality” aims at providing practitioners, junior researchers, and journalists that work with and on refugees the opportunity to reflect critically on the main problematics that shape migration, mobility, and...

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Challenging Power and Inequality: Gender and Social Justice in the Middle East (En-Fr-Ar) (this CfP is closed)
Civil Society Review  Social Science for Change Lebanon Support is seeking submissions for the issue: Challenging Power and Inequality: Gender and Social Justice in the Middle East   Issue edited by: Gabriella Nassif    Civil society in the Middle East has...