Ahead of the upcoming municipal elections, we brought together incumbent municipal officials as well as prospective candidates in the seventh and final instalment of our capacity-sharing programme, which looks to foster a culture of capable and accountable local leadership.
Ramzi Hage, project management expert, delivered two training workshops on municipal project management. On 18 November, 29 participants joined the workshop from Beirut, Mount Lebanon, the Beqaa, and various localities of the south. A second session took place in Tripoli on 25 November with 15 activists and municipal representatives from Tripoli, Akkar/Wadi Khaled, Menieh, Hasroun, and Koura.
The training introduced the participants to the project life cycle, from the design and planning phases to implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
“Unfortunately, most municipalities in Lebanon operate in an improvised manner,” said Hage. “Today, we learnt how to use project management tools and methods for emerging local leaders to effect change in their communities.”
Antoine Chidiac, a member of the municipal council of Achkout (Keserwan), reflects on the impact of the DRI training programme on his development as a local leader. “We come from different areas of Lebanon, with varied careers and academic backgrounds. Exchanging experiences with one another was a very enriching element that I deeply appreciated,” said Chidiac.