The effect of economic and social crisis on civil society

Centre International des Sciences de l’Homme

in co-operation with

Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung

Workshop on “The Impact of the Socio-Economic Crisis on the Lebanese Society”

July29 -30,2016 – Byblos / Lebanon

Friday,29July2016

09:00 – 09:30
Registration

09:30 – 10:15
Opening Ceremony& introduction about the workshop goals
Adonis Akra, Director of the Centre International des Sciences de l’Homme
– Antoine Ghorayeb; Organizer in Lebanon forthe Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung office

10:15 – 13:45
The causes of the current economic crisis in Lebanon

  • Sectarian struggle and lack of political change, on- election of a new President, non- election of a new Parliament, corruption
  • Lebanon is strained by limited infrastructural capacity and increased competition for services and resources.
  • Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanonis amain destabilising factor in the social, political, and economic context of the country, for example: Syrian refugees put pressure on the Lebanese health-care system and economy, and Lebanon’s hosting capacities are overstretched; most of the Syrian refugees are suffering from various diseases such as: skin diseases (leishmaniasis, scabies, lice, and staphylococcal skin infection), digestive system diseases, respiratory diseases. Especially children suffer from malnutrition, infectious diseases (measles, jaundice, and typhoid), and many patients are diagnosed with mental illnesses as a result of trauma and displacement.

Speakers:
Charbel Nahas: former Minister of Communication & Labour
– Olfat Youssef : Researcher& authorfrom Tunisia

Questions & Answersand open discussion – working group

Coffee Break included in the session

 Session chair:

- Dr.KhalilKheirallah

 

13:45 – 14:45
Lunch

14:45-18:30
The effect of economic crisis on the social lifein Lebanon

  • The influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon has resulted in unprecedented social and economic challenges through higher rents and declining public service availability, or through health and education infrastructure that is stretched beyond its limits
  • Absence of security
  • High cost of living
  • Rising unemployment and crime rate
  • Low wages
  • Syrians received services and economic support, which at least some poorer Lebanese have not been receiving from their own government. One example is secondary healthcare, which was provided to Syrians, but which Lebanese can access only in their own private capacity, not as a public service.
  • Women and children rights continue to be under threat. Manifesting in Intimate Partner Violence, early marriage, survival sex, and the threat and fear of violence from the local community
  • The absence of capable, transparent, and accountable governance.

Speakers:
-
Rahif Al Ayoubi
-Elias Yachoui

Questions & Answers and open discussion – working group

Coffee Break included in the session

Session chair:

– Dr.Maguy Obeid

20:00

Dinner for overnight guests

Saturday, 30July 2016

09:30 – 10:00

Registration

10:00- 13:00

The Role of International Organisations and MunicipalitiesFilling the State Vacuum”

International organizations, local administrations, and civil society groups have constituted

the main source of Lebanon’s resilience to this unprecedented crisis. Their capacity to cope with the situation, nevertheless, is entirely dependent on the support that they receive from donors as well as cooperation with the central government. It is therefore vital that international organizations, as well as local groups and administrations, keep receiving all the support they need to supply services to both refugees and host communities, since this is a key stabilizer for a disruptive phenomenon.

Speakers:

– Dany Gedeon

- Kamal Hamdan

 

Questions & Answers and open discussion

Coffee Break included in the session

Session chair:

Dr. MyrnaZakharia

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 17:00

How to get out of the crisis

 

Working Groups – participants will be divided into three working groups

Each group will discuss some issues related to the context of the previous days in order to nourish some level of debate and exchange useful ideas.

The first group will answer the question:The fast developing phenomenon of mass displacement from Syria to Lebanon is not only explained by the conflict’s ferocity, its destructive consequences, and the geographic proximity of Lebanon to Syria. It has other broader causes. What are these causes?

The second group will answer the question:How is the security situation in Lebanon?

How does the Socio-Economic Crisis affect youth by some of them becoming“active terrorist”, “forming dormant cells at the behest of terror organizations and providing them with arms with the aim of carrying out terror acts across Lebanon.

The third group will answer the question: How can Lebanon Survive the Syrian Crisis?Lebanon remains vulnerable to the Syrian conflict. Although the country has avoided major upheaval so far, the state is weak, sectarian tensions are high, and political coalitions are divided along pro and anti-regime lines.

 

Speakers:

- Kamal Hamdan

17:00 – 18:00

Presentation of working groups result

Questions & Answers and open discussion

Coffee Break included in the session

 

18:00 – 18:30

Recommendation & Closing Ceremony

20:00

Dinner for overnight guests

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