What is MASAR Project – MASAR stands for Maintaining Strength And Resilience. It’s a project funded by the European Union Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis (MADAD). It is executed by: The Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD), The Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM), the International Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNGI) and KL Denmark.
The main objective of MASAR is to to strengthen the long-term resilience of targeted subnational governments/ municipalities and their host, refugee and IDP populations to deal with the Syrian crisis in Iraq and Lebanon.This objective is then divided into 3 strategic Objectives.
The Strategic Objectives
SO1: To improve the capacities of municipalities to engage in area-based planning.
1.1 Subnational governments spatial planning capacities in target areas are strengthened.
1.2 Spatial scenarios are designed and provide concrete logic for sustainable municipal service delivery and municipal investment.
1.3 Users of municipal services are more aware and interested in service delivery.
SO2: To improve the public service delivery in order to generate a greater social stability for both local communities and refugees.
2.1 Subnational governments and service provider capacities in target areas are strengthened.
2.2 Local Governments implement service delivery projects in a more efficient and responsive manner, in line with longer-term scenarios.
2.3 Users of municipal services are more aware and interested in service delivery.
SO3: To empower the municipalities and service providers to facilitate local economic development.
3.1 Capacity of local governments of local governments for projects beneficial to both host community and refugees to manage investment project and its procedures is strengthened.
3.2 Identification and formulation process for municipal investment projects benefit the extension of safe public services and creation economic opportunities for host communities and refugees are enhanced.
3.3 Economic growth potential and resilience of the local economy hosting target groups enhanced. 3.4 Social stability potential and resilience of the local economy hosting target groups enhanced.
Under each Specific Objective, many themes were defined and for each, different sets of activities were organized and executed in both Iraq and Lebanon and we are thrilled to be part of this overall project assuming the responsibility of Communication and Visibility in Lebanon.