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Supporting Lebanon

The Danish government is through its membership of the EU contributing financially to the European Commission’s projects, including ECHO’s projects, in Lebanon. In addition to our general contributions to a number of UN agencies (present in Lebanon) such as UNDP, UNRWA, UNICEF, WHO and UNHCR, we are also contributing to specific UN relief and humanitarian activities and NGOs working in Lebanon.

In December 2010, the Danish government granted additional 5 million Danish Kroner (aprox. 920.000 usd) to UNWRA as a contribution to the UNRWA Lebanon 2011 Nahr el-Bared Camp Relief and Recover Needs appeal.

Denmark is supporting a common Border Project within the framework of Security Council Resolution 1701(supporting the implementation of future Lebanese Integrated Border Management).

Since December 2009, Denmark is contributing to UNIFIL's work to keep stabilising the situation in Southern Lebanon. Some 150 Danish soldiers are responsible for UNIFIL's logistical work.

During and after the conflict in 2006, Denmark committed additional funds to the relief efforts of Danish Red Cross, Danish Refugee Council, UNICEF and WFP. DanChurch Aid has since 2006 together with UNMAS assisted in removing Isreali clusterbombs in the South.

 

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Projects supported by the Danish Arab Partnership Programme

The Danish regional policy and programme, Danish Arab Partnership Programme, seeks to promote and support human rights and democratization; free and independent media and press and women’s rights as well as dialogue and co-operation. Within the framework of this programme, Denmark funds a number of region-wide independent NGO and civil society programmes, projects and activities. A number of these include Lebanon such as the media, youth, human rights, labour and women’s programmes. Examples of activities within this framework include:

  • Seminars for youth politicians; independent, non-governmental youth associations bringing together young politicians from a broad range of political parties from Denmark and Lebanon to engage in dialogue; exchange political and organizational experiences and views and to promote youth participation in politics.
  • Launching of a new film institute in Beirut, supported by International Media Support. Screen Institute Beirut is promising new and exciting opportunities for upcoming filmmakers in the Arab region. During the next 2 years, SIB is aiming to support the production of 24 documentaries in corporation with up to 50 filmmakers from min. 3 different countries in the Arab region. The film institute is a part of IMS’ Arab programme, which is promoting the corporation between film and media in Denmark and the Arab Region.

Below you will find a brief introduction to projects funded or co-funded by Denmark, including links if you want to know more

Support for Human Rights, Democracy and Good Governance

2009-2011:

UNDP: United Nations Development Programme for the Government of Lebanon, which aims to support Sustainable Civil Peace and Constitutional Empowerment in Lebanon. Denmark is supporting two projects within this framework:

- “Enhancing the Institutional capacity of the Presidency of the Republic of Lebanon”. In this project, technical assistance, capacity development, professional support is given to the Lebanese presidency, in particular to the steering committee of the National Dialogue sessions to help organizing and sustaining the dialogue.
 
- “Strengthening Electoral Processes in Lebanon” – support to the Lebanese Ministry of Interior in planning and reforming election processes.

UNODC United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime: Core Funding for a two-year period. Working on improvements of Roumieh prison conditions. The project activities are targeting mainly improving health and food management, improving rehabilitation and treatment programmes for prisoners and expanding the family visiting procedures to all prisoners with a related data management.

LADE Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections: In order to promote the democratic development and help securing free and democratic elections in Lebanon, LADE is receiving Danish funds. LADE is working at creating awareness about election processes in Lebanon, improvements of the present Lebanese electoral system as well as monitoring of elections. LADE monitored the 2009-parliamentary election as well as the coming 2010 municipality elections.

ABA American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative: Project support for establishment and initial operation of Northern Lebanon Legal Assistance Centre from August 2009 through July 2011. The centre will provide marginalized groups with legal services and advice as well as raising awareness of the general lack of legal rights for marginalized groups in Lebanon.

CCPA Cross Cultures Project Association: Funding for CCPA with activities as:
- A network of popular clubs operating across Lebanon and run by local management teams. They offer children’s sport activities with free access, engaging local volunteers as coaches, club officials and local administration.

- Things Talk as subject for primary school classes in Lebanon facilitates cross-community networks and collaboration among schools, civil society organisations, public sector institutions and companies based on the identification of children’s common challenges, concerns and visions for the future with regard to the effects and prevention of climate changes.

CLDH Lebanese Centre for Human Rights: Receives funding to contribute in reducing the practice of arbitrary detention and torture in Lebanon. They also are supporting families of disappeared people and the NGO’s who are working with this issue. Furthermore LCHR Offers and provides multi-disciplinary assistance to the victims of torture as well as working to raise awareness of the general Human Rights situation in the Lebanese society

PHRO Palestinian Human Rights Organisation: PHRO is working to improve the conditions of the Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon through a wide range of activities, including monitoring and documentation of violation of Human Rights, Human Rights education, lobby work and dialogue initiatives.

SFCG Search for Common Ground: Project support for “Different but Equal in Lebanon’s Public Schools”. A 2-year project with the aim of promoting a culture of dialogue and cross-cultural respect in Lebanon’s public schools. The project includes teaching and training of at least 8000 Lebanese school pupils aged 8 to 14, in the concepts of human equality, respect and dialogue.

UMAM Document and Research: Denmark provides core funding of UMAM as help to continue and widen their present research and documentation work as well as cultural activities. Furthermore it aims to strengthen UMAM as an important source to Lebanese history.

Annual core contributions from Denmark

2010

  • DAPP: DKK 100.000.000/app. USD 18.200.000
  • Stabilisation and conflict prevention: DKK 250.000.000/app. USD 45.500.000
  • Democracy and Human Rights: DKK 250.000.000/app. USD 45.500.000
  • UNWRA: DKK 70.000.000/app. USD 12.730.000
  • ICRC, International Red Cross: DKK 20.000.000/app. USD 3.640.000
  • UNICEF: DDK 155.000.000/app. USD 28.200.000
  • UNHCR: DDK 130.000.000/app. USD 23.400.000
  • UNDP: 320.000.000/app. USD 58.200.000

 

2009

  • DAPP: DKK 100.000.000/app. USD 21.300.000
  • Stabilisation and conflict prevention: DKK 250.000.000/app. USD 45.500.000
  • Democracy and Human Rights: DKK 170.000.000/app. USD 36.200.000
  • UNWRA: DKK 70.000.000/app. USD 14.900.000
  • ICRC, International Red Cross: DKK 20.000.000/app. USD 4.300.000
  • UNICEF: DDK 180.000.000/app. USD 38.300.000
  • UNHCR: DDK 130.000.000/app. USD 27.660.000
  • UNDP: DDK 320.000.000/app. USD 58.200.000

2008

Concluding mine clearance in the south of Lebanon through Danish Church Aid and UN (Lebanon)

  • Continued support for the rebuilding of the Nahr El Bared Camp, UNRWA
  • Continued support for the Pilot Border Project in the Northern Border Region (multi-donor project with Lebanese authorities)
  • Continued support for the Street Soccer Project
  • In addition to this, in 2008 a smaller programme of support within the field of Human Rights and Democratization was established.
  • The contributions to specific activities of UNRWA and UNMAS in Lebanon were given in addition to the Danish general annual core contributions to these agencies. In 2008, the annual core contributions are as follows:
  • DAPP: DKK 100.000.000/app. USD 21.300.000
  • Stabilisation and conflict prevention: DKK 110.000.000/app. USD 23.400.000
  • Democracy and Human Rights: DKK 170.000.000/app. USD 36.200.000
  • UNWRA: DKK 70.000.000/app. USD 14.900.000
  • ICRC, International Red Cross: DKK 20.000.000/app. USD 4.300.000
  • UNICEF: DDK 180.000.000/app. USD 38.300.000
  • UNHCR: DDK 130.000.000/app. USD 27.660.000
  • UNDP: DDK 350.000.000/app. USD 70.000.000

2007

In 2007 Denmark committed extra funds to following projects and activities (totalling DKK 14.580.000/app. USD 2.650.900):

  • Danish Refugee Council’s Livelihood Project in Lebanon: DKK 3.000.000/app. USD 545.400
  • Emergency Relief to the Nahr al-Bared camp summer 2007 (facilitated by the Danish Embassy in Damascus): DKK 300.000/app. USD 54.500
  • Pilot Border Project in the Northern Border Region: DKK 5.750.000 /app. USD 1.045.400

We maintained our financial support for UNMAS and UNRWA in Lebanon:

UNMAS (mine clearing): DKK 5.640.000/app. USD 1.025.400
UNRWA (support for the refugee camps in Lebanon): DKK 5.640.000/app. USD 1.025.400

The contributions to specific activities of WFP, UNICEF, UNRWA and UNHCR in Lebanon were given in addition to the Danish general annual core contributions to these agencies. In 2007, the annual core contributions were as follows:

  • UNRWA: DKK 60.000.000 /app. USD 10.909.000
  • UNHCR: DKK 130.000.000/app. USD 23.636.000
  • WFP: DKK 160.000.000/app. USD 29.090.900
  • UNICEF: DKK 180.000.000/app. USD 32.727.000

2006

In 2006, Denmark made financial contributions to a number of UN agencies for their programmes in Lebanon (in addition to the general Danish core contributions) and to NGOs in Lebanon (totalling DKK 34.500.000/app. USD 6.272.700):

  • UNHCR (IDP assistance): DKK 5.000.000/app. USD 909.000
  • UNICEF (support for victims of the 2006 conflict): DKK 5.000.000/app. USD 909.000
  • WFP (support for victims of the conflict): DKK 5.000.000/app. USD 909.000
  • Danish Refugee Council (IDP assistance): DKK 3.000.000/app USD 545.400
  • Danish Refugee Council’s UN Emergency Roster: DKK 2.000.000/app. USD 363.600
  • Danish Red Cross (Relief): DKK 3.000.000/app. USD 545.400
  • We also supported financially the activities and efforts of UNMAS and UNRWA in Lebanon:
  • UNMAS (mine clearing): DKK 5.750.000/app. USD 1.045.000
  • UNRWA (support for the refugee camps in Lebanon): DKK 5.750.000/app. USD 1.045.000

 

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