Local governance Lebanon

Policy Brief: Local Economic Development in Akkar

In recent years, LED has paved the way for local governments to boost productivity, create wealth and jobs, foster innovation, build human capital, and improve developmental incomes. LED, especially in rural areas, can become a driving factor of economic growth and a prerequisite for improving host communities' and refugees' livelihoods.

This is the case in Akkar, a rural forsaken area characterised by a massive influx of refugees, poverty, unemployment, lack of opportunities, and a weak local economy. 

Based on UN-Habitat's Urban Governance Index (UGI) framework, this report analyses and documents LED requirements and targets through the lens of four indicators: effectiveness, equity, participation, and accountability. Based on this, it highlights key messages to be integrated into the national and sub-national policy debates, as part of a wider policy uptake effort linking up local, regional, and national government authorities.

The assessment included case studies of three Unions of Municipalities (UoMs) in Akkar: Dreib EI-Awsat, Dreib EI-Gharbi, and Dreib EI-Chemali. The learnings from these sub-national case studies are intended to support sub-national governments to better engage in LED. 

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