Creating a Civil Society-Parliament Liaison Unit in Lebanon

Creating a Civil Society-Parliament Liaison Unit in Lebanon
 
PROJECT FUNDED BY 
THE UNITED NATIONS DEMOCRACY FUND – UNDEF
 
 
The project aims to increase the influence of CSOs on the legislative process of Lebanon in order to catalyze democratic reform, by establishing a CSO liaison unit for the Lebanese Parliament.
This unit will coordinate the work between members of parliament (MPs) and the CSOs working on changing national policies and legislation.
 
In the hope of improving how civil society organizations (CSOs) influence the legislative sector and achieve democratic social reform, this project will create a CSO liaison unit for the Lebanese parliament to coordinate the work between members of parliament (MPs) and the CSOs working on changing national policies and legislation, and demonstrate its benefits by supporting a number of advocacy CSOs in their parliamentary work. The aim of this CSO liaison unit is to help CSOs in Lebanon with their legislative demands from their parliament and assist them in achieving the policy change they are campaigning for by providing a number of services. 
 
The unit will also provide training to CSOs on policy advocacy campaigns, train CSOs on how to build diplomatic relations with MPs, coach CSOs in building their policy campaigns strategy, provide media exposure to the CSOs work with the parliament, and build the culture of consultation and cooperation between CSOs and MPs. The unit will also develop a monthly newsletter for MPs on the policy/legislative work of CSOs in Lebanon. The project will also include conducting two seminars for MPs on the role of CSOs and the work they are conducting related to national policy and legislation. An advisory council of advocacy CSOs will be established to oversee the work of this unit, and insure its independence.
 
Project Duration: 24 months
Project Start Date: 01 January 2012
Project End Date: 31 December 2013

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