At a time when civil society initiatives are under increased scrutiny and the space for civic action is becoming gradually limited, Lebanon Support works to counter these trends and foster a nurturing environment for initiatives where they can grow, collaborate with other actors, and use tools and resources to further their social goals. This is achieved through Lebanon Support’s 3 programmes, and notably the Civil Society Incubator.
Incubation at Lebanon Support is tailored to accommodate each individual partner’s needs. The Civil Society Incubator provides a range of services such as provision of office space, coaching and mentoring on technical issues, management, administrative matters, research, advocacy, networking, and web development among others.
As part of its Incubator programme, Lebanon Support hosted last year JIBAL, an expert association aimed at furthering environmental and social justice. After a year at the Incubator, JIBAL moved to its own office.
“JIBAL’s collaboration with the Civil Society Incubator was vital during its establishment phase. It provided us with a nurturing environment for our initiative to grow, and allowed us to network with other actors in the civil society sector.”
According to JIBAL’s founders, incubation at Lebanon Support was transformative for their organisation. Having access to a workspace and all its amenities (a meeting space, wifi, printers, etc), enabled them to focus on enhancing their core programs and strengthening their organizational structure. Furthermore, JIBAL was able to engage with the Lebanon Support team on a daily basis for direct support, and had access to the centre’s extensive network of civil society partners.
Watch Jibal’s founders, Dr. Ounsi el Daif and Ms. Angela Saade, talk about their experience within the Civil Society Incubator and how it benefited their association.
JIBAL’s story: JIBAL is a not-for-profit association that champions environmental and social justice principles. By developing and implementing activities that deliver concrete results, such as workshops, applied research projects, and training for professionals, JIBAL promotes sustainability in all its aspects. Learn more about JIBAL on their website here.