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Promoting religious tolerance and mutual understanding within and between faiths in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq

Partner: MCC Partner – EuropeAid Donor

Budget:

€ 1,126,073.36

Duration:

December 2018 – November 2021 (3 years project)

Target Areas:

Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, and Jordan

Target Audience and number of beneficiaries:

Beneficiaries Target number
CSOs who receive sub-grants and implement sub-projects 18-21 CSOs
CSO leaders and members who receive peacebuilding and programmatic capacity building training, networking and mentoring 200 CSO leaders and members
Religious leaders who build relationships and connections for peace across faiths, sects, or none 240 religious leaders
Laypeople, prioritizing women and youth, who participate in the subgrant funded projects 8,250 laypeople

Overall Objective:

The overall objective of the project, keeping in mind the needs of the target groups and beneficiaries, is to combat religious intolerance and discrimination among target communities in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Iraq through enhancing mutual understanding and respect between different faiths, sects or none.

Specific Objectives:

  • Support local civil society organisations (CSOs), including local NGOs and community-based organisations (CBOs), through sub-grant funds for projects to engage religious leaders and laypeople, including women and youth, to understand, respect and promote religious tolerance within communities.
  • Increase the ability of CSOs to cultivate religious tolerance and mutual understanding among the target beneficiaries via peacebuilding training, networking, capacity-building, and mentoring for sub-grantee CSO’s.
  • Promote inclusive and strategic partnerships, networking and cooperation between religious and civil society leaders of Shi’a, Sunni, Alawi, Druze, Yezidi, Catholic Christian, Maronite Christian, Orthodox Christian and Evangelical Christian traditions among other minority sects from these countries.

Activities:

Activity Package 1: Support for Peacebuilding CSOs in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq
  • Peacebuilding training
  • Project and Programme Management Capacity building
  • Mentoring
  • Networking
  • Publication emphasizing success stories and lessons learned
  • Sub-grants to implement supported peace projects (financial support to third parties)
Activity Package 2: Activities Implemented Through Sub-grants by the Peacebuilding CSOs
  • Community-based approaches focused on advancing understanding and tolerance through education, dialogue and other conflict transformation measures.
  • Projects focused on creating or advancing strategic partnerships, networking, cooperation and inter-faith peacebuilding between leaders of various faith groups.
  • Awareness campaigns focused on increasing tolerance, peaceful co-existence and peaceful conflict resolution in communities and at a society-wide level.