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Lebanon Municipal Capacity Building & Service Delivery

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), CHF International Lebanon (CHF) is implementing the 3-year TAMKIN program (2008-2011), which aims at transforming peri-urban and rural municipalities in Lebanon into effective agents for leading local socio-economic development through democratic engagement with the private sector and citizenry. The TAMKIN program is implemented in partnership with the Rene Moawad Foundation (RMF), the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) and J.E. Austin Associates, Inc. (JAA), and is comprised of several activities that underlie three main objectives: (1) improve capacity of municipalities to design and implement socio-economic development programming; (2) broaden stakeholder participation and cooperation in local socio-economic development; and, (3) increase economic growth through effective and sustainable public-private partnerships. Following a process approach, the CHF team is conducting an economic assessment in the targeted areas and developing, in close coordination with the local communities and private sector stakeholders, a local economic development plan (LEDP) for each community through which local economic initiatives are identified, funded and implemented.

TAMKIN was originally planned to target 34 municipalities in 6 clusters in North Lebanon, specifically in the Cazas of Akkar, Dinnieh, and Zghorta. In September 2008, USAID awarded CHF additional funding to support the stabilization, rehabilitation, and livelihood recovery of 6 additional Lebanese communities surrounding Naher El Bared Camp (NBC)

TAMKIN Objectives

 The three objectives of the TAMKIN program represent both the overall goals of the program and provide an outline for the process which the TAMKIN communities will follow. While these objectives provide a very basic outline or process that each community undertakes, the program team also emphasizes a process that builds upon all three objectives at every stage, in order to ensure sustainable and useful results for the communities.

TAMKIN activities occur according to three main objectives:

Objective 1.Improved capacity of municipalities to design and implement socio-economic development programming

Designated municipal officials will take part in a CHF-designed Municipal Local Economic Development (LED) Readiness Survey, which will develop benchmarks for municipal performance. Officials will then participate in capacity building training; benefit from regular technical assistance through the TAMKIN process; continually review their progress with the TAMKIN team; and re-evaluate their training needs on a regular basis. Municipalities benefiting from the TAMKIN program will have a substantially improved understanding of their role in supporting economic development and increased capacity to plan, manage and deliver related services.

Objective 2.Broadened stakeholder participation and cooperation in local socio-economic development

TAMKIN will establish lasting partnerships between local government, the private sector, and citizens so as to leverage the resources and capabilities that are necessary for stimulating growth and attracting investment. TAMKIN will establish Municipal Development Committees (MDCs), which will work with Municipal Councils to identify local economic development priorities. Members of the MDCs will receive necessary training and will aid in creating a Local Economic Development Plan (LEDP), which will establish a LED vision resulting in increased entrepreneurship, job creation, a solid business enabling environment, and an improved quality of life. A Citizens Perception Index (CPI) will also be developed to gauge the effectiveness of municipal interventions and services from the public perspective. 

Objective 3.Increased economic growth through effective and sustainable public-private partnerships

Local implementing partners, government officials, and the newly created MDCs will apply their new capacity and skills through the implementation of visible, results-oriented LED projects. Program resources will be allocated to co-finance specific projects that focus on working with a variety of resources. These projects aim to establish lasting mechanisms in support of businesses and industries to improve productivity, innovation, and pursue market opportunities.

 

Naher el-Bared Camp Communities

The NBC communities will undergo the same process; however the steps have been condensed to allow rapid start-up. The typical TAMKIN engagement process with municipalities and local communities was shortened and greater emphasis was placed on rapid socio-economic impact.