IndyACT was established by a group of youth in Lebanon, and it believes that empowering youth leadership is necessary to address the problems we face today. The organization has been empowering youth across the MENA region through various projects, such as the IndyYOUTH initiative and the Eco-Warriors program. IndyACT has also established the Arab Youth Climate Movement, which has led to the emergence of youth climate leaders from across the region. We continue to support youth groups and organizations in Lebanon and the region through various projects. The capacity building and mentorship that IndyACT provides to youth include: thematic issues relevant to its programs, technical skills (project development and implementation, advocacy, communication, etc.), personal development skills, and general leadership skills.
IndyACT’s full name is the “League of Independent Activists”, and a key part of its mandate is to incubate passionate change-makers and provide them with the professionalism needed to achieve their aim. That is why IndyACT’s motto is “Passion with Professionalism”. We continuously seek passionate individuals or groups that are working to create positive change in a certain field, and require support to maximize their impact. IndyACT’s incubation services include: fiscal sponsorship, office space, fundraising, financial & administrative support, exposure, networking, capacity building, among others. Since its establishment, IndyACT has incubated a number of groups that have become independent organizations, such as the feminist collective “Nassawiya” and the Anti-Racism Movement (ARM). IndyACT has also incubated a number of passionate individuals that have become leaders in the issues they are working on.
We believe that solutions and progress can only come through collaboration of diverse stakeholders at various levels. Through the years, IndyACT has developed knowledge and skills in bringing diverse individuals from different sectors, culture, and interests to successfully collaborate together on the local, regional, and international levels. The organization has developed a set of tools for stakeholder collaboration, allowing it to provide various related services, including network development, local community engagement, consortium coordination, consensus building, among others. IndyACT has established and managed a number of national and regional networks, such as the Zero Waste Alliance, the Arab Youth Climate Movement, and the Arab Climate Alliance. It also coordinated the developed of consensus policy positions for international networks, such as the Climate Action Network International. The organization also led a number of consortiums and multi-stakeholder projects. IndyACT’s team includes experts in local community engagement and coordinating international networks of non-state actors.
Strengthening civil society
IndyACT primary purpose is to achieve a vibrant and effective civil society that is able to create the change required in this world. IndyACT has been providing various services to civil society including trainings, mentoring, coaching, and direct intervention on various issues related to the governance and management of NGOs; such as strategic planning, financial management, HR management, transparent and effective governance, restructuring, program development, etc. IndyACT team includes experts who worked in and led the development of national and international organizations with a cumulative experience of more than 60 years in NGO management and governance. The team has also worked on countless management and governance consultancies for national, regional, and international NGOs and networks.
Advocacy and communication
IndyACT has conducted a number of successful national, regional, and international advocacy campaigns. This includes passing Lebanon’s first tobacco control law, influencing the policy position of Arab countries in the international climate change negotiations, and shaping the work of civil society networks in international advocacy campaigns. Therefore, IndyACT’s training in advocacy and strategic communication is not only theoretical, but is also based on hands-on experience in effective advocacy campaigns. IndyACT’s team includes senior advocacy and strategic communication experts that have developed and implemented a number of international and national campaigns. This includes successfully leading the coordination of the global civil society and non-state actors’ advocacy campaign towards the Paris Climate Agreement. The team has also long experience in the strongest international advocacy organizations, and are highly knowledgeable with the state-of-the-art advocacy and strategic communication methodology. IndyACT team includes experts who worked in and led the development of national and international organizations with a cumulative experience of more than 60 years in NGO management and governance. The team has also worked on countless management and governance consultancies for national, regional, and international NGOs and networks.