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MRR: Host communities identify their own priority needs

MRR: Host communities identify their own priority needs
"The Ministry of Social Affairs, in cooperation with the UNDP, and through an appreciated funding from the UK, was set to conduct a participatory methodology the maps of the risks and resources. This is a determination to overcome the crisis and a resilience that cannot be achieved with kind words and wishes but in the wisdom, experience and engagement of stakeholders,” said the Minister of Social Affairs (MoSA), Mr. Rachid Derbas, in his statement during the Maps of Risks and Resources (MRR) launching event on 11 July 2016.

Since 2014, and in order to identify the priority needs of the most vulnerable host communities in light of the Syria crisis, the “Lebanon Host Communities Support Project” (LHSP) has been applying a participatory conflict-sensitive methodology: The MRR. The MRR exposes the needs of the communities by the communities.

“The MRR established a dialogue between key local stakeholders including representatives of the municipality, the private sector, cooperatives, women and youth groups, to identify problems facing their community and propose solutions. This is a proactive dialogue, which aims to strengthen social stability and the capacity of the communities to respond to the challenges and risks they are facing,” said UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and the United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini.

LHSP is a project implemented jointly between MoSA and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). LHSP provides support to communities characterized by high levels of pre-crisis poverty, high concentrations of Syrian displaced and increased social tension. LHSP projects are identified through the results of the MRR.

The MRR involves communities in identifying risks and problems, prioritizing needs according to available and needed resources, finding solutions and producing multi-sectorial municipal action plans. Since 2014, 251 communities have been mapped through the MRR.

“The importance of the MRR is not only in creating a Multi-Sectorial Municipal Action Plan but also in creating a dialogue on the local level between the residents and the municipality. This tool can be used by the municipality whenever it needs to ask for funding from any party,” said LHSP National Coordinator at MoSA, Mrs. Suheir El Ghali.

The MRR is being implemented with the support of the United Kingdom Department for International Development (UK DFID).

"The consultative process outlined today for municipalities to map the risks and resources of their communities is a very positive step in ensuring that the local response fits what people really need most on the ground. We are happy to support the municipalities. The UK is currently funding 90 projects through 49 municipalities. We are proud of this support," UK Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr. Hugo Shorter said at the event.

During the event, a new web portal* was announced. The portal includes the results of the MRR in all targeted vulnerable villages. Mrs. El Ghali, encouraged all the ministries, concerned parties and donors to use the results of the MRR in order to limit duplication of interventions and respond to the needs of the communities during the crisis.

LHSP has so far implemented 374 projects covering different sectors, benefiting more than 1,000,000 Lebanese and Syrians, through the generous contribution of donors like Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the United States, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Kuwait, the Waldensian Church and the European Union.