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The next step for Civil Peace Service collaboration in Lebanon

forumZFD, GIZ-CPS and their partners finalising their CPS Lebanon strategy

To move forward in the process of finalising a common strategy in Lebanon, forumZFD and GIZ-CPS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – Civil Peace Service) invited their partners to a meeting on the 20 March in Beirut. Building on the previous workshops, the revised context analysis was presented to the partners followed by further discussion on the causes and drivers of conflict in the country. The 30 attendees engaged in a vibrant discussion on the future for Lebanon, and what role Civil Peace Service can play in it.

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© forumZFD

A common strategy

The two German Civil Peace Service organisations operating in Lebanon, forumZFD and GIZ-CPS, aim to coordinate their work in the country and thereby improve the impact of their projects. In order to strengthen this cooperation an updated version of their joint strategy document, Transagency Country Strategy Paper (TASP), is being developed. The TASP is valid for five years, and since the current one expires in 2019, the organisations are now in the process of finalising the document outlining their common strategy for 2019-2023 for the cooperation with local partners. The process of developing this collective context analysis, objectives and goals has involved several steps, in which partners also have been involved. Learn more about the preceding phases and workshops here.

Group of people smiling and laughing
© forumZFD

The Workshop

Since the representatives of the 17 partners come from different parts of the country and work in different fields, the meeting started off with interactive activities for everyone to get familiar with the activities of the attending organisations. The playful opening was followed by a presentation outlining the process of agreeing on a joint strategy for Civil Peace Service in Lebanon given by GIZ-CPS. This meeting is the last before the document is presented to the German stakeholders working in Lebanon and then in its finalized version to the Ministry of Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The partners gave their feedback on the causes and key driving factors for conflict in Lebanon which will be incorporated in the next version. This also included discussion in smaller groups, where the representatives of the partner-organisations evaluated the potential peace potentials and peace needs formulated by forumZFD and GIZ-CPS. Throughout the meeting, the participants exchanged ideas on what the main obstacles Lebanon faces are, as well as how Civil Peace Service can support actors to overcome them.

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