The Uphill Battle with a Boulder

The Uphill Battle with a Boulder

June 07, 2016 by Bastian Neuhauser
Heinrich Boell Foundation
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Place of Publication: Berlin - Germany
Date of Publication: 2015
Number of Pages: 18
License: CC-BY-NC-SA
Language of Publication: English

8,331 - is the astonishing number of officially registered civil society organisations in the small state of Lebanon. From HIV prevention over democracy building to environmental protection, almost no topic remains unaddressed. However, from a closer look, the impact yielded by these groups in the compact state in the Middle East often remains somewhat restricted. On the example of gender equality – a topic fervently debated in Lebanon – this paper analyses the internal and external reasons behind this surprising discrepancy and stipulate thought about how to make the Lebanese civil society work more effectively.

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