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Youth assist Tal Hayat farmers in Akkar

The Youth Joint Committee in Tal Hayat in Akkar has been launched by our partner “Akkar Network for Development” in the presence of the representative of the Ministry of Agriculture Taha Moustafa.

The committee will be supporting farmers in Tal Hayat to register in the roster of the Ministry of Agriculture. The registration is a new process to ensure that the agriculture sector is being well regulated. The process, agreed between MOA and FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) would ensure that only registered farmers can receive future funds and assistance.

The committee will be supporting farmers in Tal Hayat to register in the roster of the Ministry of Agriculture

“Tony” has worked as an Assistant Municipal Police Chief in the municipality of Kfarshima for the past five years. Like most municipal police officers in Lebanon, he faces many challenges in fulfilling his law enforcement duties due to the shortage of skills and the many loopholes in the legal and regulatory framework governing municipal policing.

Thanks to a training programme and the adoption of a new set of municipal regulations supported by DRI, Tony is more aware of his responsibilities as a municipal law enforcement officer and has gained invaluable insights that changed his approach to emergency responses.

The municipality of Kfarshima was one of the 6 municipalities or unions of municipalities partnering in the “Promoting Community Policing in Lebanon” project funded by the European Union. DRI oversaw the implementation of a large component of the project.

The project concluded in August 2023 and contributed to the establishment of a groundwork foundation that catalyses the development of a healthier relationship with community representatives, a pragmatic recruitment and code of conduct process, and a more robust interaction between MPs and the communities they serve. 

Tony reflected on the positive change; the legal framework has enriched his understanding of ethical conduct, legal responsibilities, crime observation, and road regulations. The training sessions also equipped him with the necessary skills in communication and emergency responses. This, Tony hopes, will go a long way towards helping him and his colleagues improve the municipal police’s public image and garner more recognition for their community work.

Thanks to a training programme and the adoption of a new set of municipal regulations supported by DRI

In addition to amending the MP regulatory framework and enhancing the skills of the municipal police members, initiatives were implemented by local CSOs as part of this project. Solar road equipment were provided to Jabal Al Sheikh Union, Kfarshima, and Kfardebian. Awareness raising and capacity building sessions on MP roles and responsibilities were also delivered in Tripoli, Tyr and Jezzine.  These initiatives addressed the local security needs and empowered the Municipal officers to ensure a safe and peaceful environment.

This work is supported by

German Cooperation