Baseline Assessment for Gender Sensitive Public Communication Project

This baseline study was commissioned to inform the Gender Sensitive Public Communication Project, which Search and its partner Abaad Resource Center for Gender Equality, is implementing with the financial support of the British Embassy in Lebanon. The project, which is planned to end right ahead of the Lebanese parliamentary elections in May 2018, aims to promote women’s participation in politics through television drama series, based on the notion that television series play a unique role in the creation and transformation of social norms at the national level.

The assessment found that women in Lebanese TV dramas are often portrayed as superficial and emotionally weak, which reinforces existing gender stereotypes that hinder women’s participation in politics at the decision-making level. Additionally, is a general willingness to vote for female political leaders, if they can overcome the barriers to entry especially a pervasive system of patriarchy that dominates Lebanese society. The baseline found a need for capacity development among Lebanese TV professionals especially in relation to issues of gender equality.

The report recommends that the planned TV drama series should feature a popular female and have a storyline that presents real-life challenges in a way that is attractive to women and men actress attract women and men, that the series should feature a popular actress. Additionally, the report recommends conducting capacity development workshops on gender sensitive TV dramas and coordinating with key women’s rights groups to draft a joint media strategy.

Baseline Assessment for Diwan Project

This is a baseline assessment conducted for the Diwan Project which is to be implemented in Lebanon’s rural region of Wadi Khaled, located on the northeast border with Syria. The Diwan Project will be implemented between 2017 and 2019, and is funded by Global Affairs Canada.

The purpose of this baseline assessment is to gain an improved contextual understanding of the region where the project is to be implemented, with specific focus on local governance. The study aims to establish meaningful benchmarks against which progress can be tracked throughout the implementation.

The assessment applied a participatory mixed-method approach. The study was conducted between August 7 and October 11, 2017 and was informed by a total of 764 community surveys, 16 focus group discussions with women, girls, men and boys, as well as 34 semi-structured key informant interviews.

The report finds that citizens in Wadi Khaled do not feel included in decision-making processes. Wadi Khaled has very low levels of civic engagement, with fewer than 5% of survey respondents report that they have participated in local governance or social action. The report also finds that development projects are rare and mostly focus on infrastructure.

The report recommends that implementing staff consider establishing consultation meetings between community and local decision makers, with well-known and well-respected decision makers acting as bridges in the process. The assessment report also recommends that livelihood/income generating activities be included in addition to training on community mobilization trainings and awareness-raising initiatives.

Baseline Study for Fursa – Resilient Communities: Supporting Livelihoods and Social Stability for Syrian Refugees and Host Communities

This report is a baseline assessment which will compliment implementation of the project Fursa – Resilient Communities: Supporting Livelihoods and Social Stability for Syrian Refugees and Host Communities. The Fursa project is funded by the MADAD-Regional EU Trust Fund. It strives to strengthen social stability among youth in refugee and host communities through hosting social cohesion activities, improving psychosocial support and increasing livelihood opportunities. The project will engage youth and key stakeholders in Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and in Lebanon.

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