Table of Content:
- Overall Progress this Quarter
- Program Activities
- Success Stories
- Planned Activities for August 2012 through October 2012
Lack of cultural support, absence of social supportive norm, inaccessibility to accurate and comprehensive knowledge and information, weak civic society and civic pride attitudes and behaviors contributed dramatically over decades in weakening the young adults, particularly young women in participating actively in any significant social movements or civic activities. For the preparation of young adults in general and young women in particular to be capable of undertaking the responsibilities of leadership in the future, they need the skills and abilities to do so. Therefore, this program has been designed to meet that demand through skills building and practice.
The agreement to start the program “Young Women Leadership Development” – YWLD – between the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and Academy for International Development Middle East (AIDME) was signed on July 2011. AIDME implements the program by working through four regional strategic partners in four countries Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Jordan. In Egypt, the Women- Adults – Youth (WAY) is the implementer of the program in cooperation with 8 local Participating NGOs/CSOs in 4 targeted governorates Tripoli, Akkar, Koura and Batroun.
- Goal: Young women (18-25) are actively engaged in leading democratic reform and development in MENA region
- Strategic Objective 1: Young women learn and apply basic skills of leadership & advocacy to engage in public, private, and civil society sectors (including media) through various projects tackling issue of political participation, leadership and advocacy.
- Strategic Objective 2: Enhancing the skills of selected young women with regard to political participation and civic engagement.
- Strategic Objective 3: Enhancing the capacity of the local partners toward more participation in social and political intervention especially what is related to women participation.
2- Overall Progress this Quarter
WAY in cooperation with the local participating associations focused in this 4th quarter on delivering the Life skills and Leadership (Module “2”) in addition on delivering “Towards Enhanced Civic Participation” (Module “3”) that aims at enhancing the awareness of the target groups about the civic participation. On the other hand, WAY along with the YWLD participants took the lead to be a part of the civil action to confront war menaces in Tripoli to create a considerable civil lobby to face the threats of living a second civil war in Lebanon.
3- Program Activities
a. Hold the 4th Regional Partners’ Forum
- The 4th Regional Partners’ Forum was held in Tunis – Tunisia from 101h to 13th March 2012. The Forum was attended by 12 participants including the four National Coordinators of the four countries in addition to one selected member of the implementation team in each country.The Forum was attended also by AID-ME management & executive staff and facilitated by Ms. Sherine Zaghow and Dr.Safa Shaaban.
- The Forum Specific Objectives were as following:
- Review the progress and challenges of the program on its different fronts.
- Analyze the major review findings and align the YWLD program against the three phases of the program.
- Introduce and apply the behavior change process on women empowerment component of the YWLD program.
- Preparing the YWLD Mid Term review and evaluation and work on the second year plan and the challenges and difficulties that face the program.
- Identify the major strategic programmatic directions for the year two of the program.
- In light of the above mentioned objectives, the fourth regional Forum’s participants discussed the progress achieved and challenges with regard to streamlining the program’s activities and outcomes in each country as a requirement for proper participatory planning for year two of the program. Though the program implementers emphasized on considering the local socio-political and economic environment of each country, still all partners expressed the need to further discuss the regional strategy driving the program to create real and sustainable change in the region.
- The 3-D exercise was applied to participants to identify and analyze types of relationships with AID-ME and other partners. The following criteria were agreed upon by all the participants to assess the relation between themselves and the other three levels identified and presented in the exercise:
- Criteria used to govern the relation between the partner organizations and AID-ME.
- Criteria used to assess the internal performance of the organization.
- Criteria used to assess the relation of the organization with other local participating organizations.
- A second exercise called “Multi-Stage Approach Exercise” was applied to the participants to help them to identify the three major stages of the program as following:
- Infrastructure and setting the foundation.
- Operationalization and capacity building.
- Handing over and sustainability.
And after several discussions among the participants, they have agreed on clustering all the activities that will be designed for the plan of year two of the program under the following five categories:
- Strategic directions and coordination
- Allies and partners partnerships
- Behavior Change
- Capacity building
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Notable efforts were exerted by the Tunisia National Coordinator and Executive Staff to arrange two significant events. The first one was a field visit to one of the local NGOs in Tunis in which the participants shared experience and lessons learned with the targeted young women in Tunis.The second event was a reception in Eben Khaldoun Hotel to which many prominent local partners, participants and parents were invited. The meeting focused on showing some of the participants’ initiatives and plans along with some of their experiences.
- The Behavior Change concept was discussed on the sidelines of the forum.
- Important points were recommended by the end of the forum:
- Sufficient time for management issues should be secured.
- Features of the sustainability plan for the program should be discussed.
- The achievements of the mid- term review and the second year work plan.
- A suggestion from the Lebanese partner to replace coming forums by exchanging experiences between countries.
b. WAY- Lebanon Staff Meetings
Lebanon project staff continued holding the meetings on a weekly basis in order to follow up the implementation of the project activities in cooperation with the local participating associations. The Lebanon project staff discussed some topics such as:
- The problems faced by some of the local participating associations with regard to young women mobilization especially during the crisis in Tripoli and safety manners, and the start of academic exams season which conflicts with the time schedule of the implementation of program activities.
- The importance of preparing and submitting a monthly report by each coordinator of the local participating associations and in turn WAY Program Field Coordinator will be responsible for reporting to Program National Coordinator on a monthly basis. The reports should include all the implemented activities according to the action plan, the difficulties faced during the implementation, and the challenges encountered whether the challenges have been solved or are still a stumbling block in the implementation of some activities of the program.
- Update the action plan and fix tentative dates for the activities and events of the coming quarter so that we can prepare for those events in advance.
- Review the program budget to make sure that the program expenses are disbursed in accordance with the budget line items taking into consideration the delay of money transfer.
- Preparing logistics to the civil protests participations of WAY and YWLD young girls.
c. WAY-Lebanon lobbying meetings
WAY main work theme for the coming years is “How to work to insure the civil peace in Lebanon”, based on that WAY did invite all its local partners to a brain storming meetings to deal in involving with this hard work under the above mentioned theme .
All of the attendees agreed on planning for activities and more involvements in this important matter that affects on the future of Lebanese .And they agreed on how to make the young girls of the actual program be more involved in assuring the civil peace between Lebanese and that is one of their main roles in political participation.
d. WAY/ YWLD Focus participants group
In order to know more about the young girls views and progress in YWLD program and to prepare for more initiatives toward more engagement in political participation ,WAY did invite some of the girls leaders from different local partners to some brain storming meetings so they could be a part of WAY work team.
These meetings did show that the young girls made a real step in changing their political perspective and they became more involved and engaged in social and political acts within their small societies or in Lebanon big society real issues .A lot of ideas for initiatives have been discussed and put on their plan for the upcoming year.
e. WAY/ YWLD participation in civil acts to protest the civil war in Tripoli.
As been known the city of Tripoli had confronted a real crisis with the clashes that took place during the end of the month of May along with lot of clashes in the district of Akkar.These clashes did threaten the civil peace in Lebanon.
For that WAY was a part of a civil act to protest the war so we did participate right after the clashes along with some of YWLD girls in a” sit in” and demonstrations holding in our bare hands some significant slogans that tell Lebanese to stand again the renewal of the civil war.
f. Starting with providing equipment/supplies to the Community Participating Centers for Participated NGOs in two different areas of Tripoli
After assessing the needs of the two local participating associations: The Beirut Arab University Alumni and The House of literatures and sciences and development association, WAY provided them with all the equipment necessary to establish the Community Participatory Centers. The equipment were purchased and handed over in this quarter and WAY undertook the responsibility to supervise and finalize all the technical installations and agreements so these centers could be permanents centers for YWLD girls and their pier new participants. The two mentioned CPC started receiving the young women to do implement different social activities.
g. Delivering the Module 2 and 3 of “life skills and leadership”and “Towards Enhanced Civic Participation”
During May and June 2012 the modules 2 and 3 were delivered to two local partners :
The Beirut Arab University participants to the targeted number 100 participants: 25 participants each workshop.
The House of Literature and Sciences and Development To the targeted number 100 participants: 25 participants each workshop.
|Tripoli||BAU Alumni||3||3||25||4 days||From 18 till21/5/2012|
|Tripoli||BAU Alumni||3||4||25||4 days||From 22 till 25/5/2012|
|Tripoli||House of Sciences-Lit-Development||2||3||25||4 days||From 16 till 19/5/2012|
|Tripoli||House of Sciences-Lit-Development||2||4||25||4 days||From 22 till 25/5/2012|
|Tripoli||House of Sciences-Lit-Development||3||1||25||4 days||From 28 till 31/5/2012|
|Tripoli||House of Sciences-Lit-Development||3||2||25||4 days||From 1 till 4/6/2012|
|Tripoli||House of Sciences-Lit-Development||3||3||25||4 days||From 5 till 8/6/2012|
|Tripoli||House of Sciences-Lit-Development||3||4||25||4 days||From 9 till 12/6/2012|
h. Functioning the Social Media for the Program
As an Umbrella Foundation in Lebanon responsible for managing and monitoring the implementation of the program, WAY took the lead to establish the social media for the program through creating and operate the following channels:
- Facebook Group: YWLD - Lebanon Sector
- Facebook Group: YWLD - BAU
- Facebook Group: WAY - Lebanon
- Website: www.way-lebanon.org
- Youtube: YWLD - WAY
The social media that created for the program is serving in many aspects:
- as a tool to publicize the program widely;
- as a liaison among the target groups at the local level;
- as a liaison among the target groups at the regional level;
- It will help in mobilizing indirect beneficiaries who can get benefits from the learning and training materials that are uploaded regularly on the Face-book page.
i. WAY / YWLD in Media
During the 4th Quarter the activities of YWLD was published in two articles in Tripoli Scoop news website . Those articles emphases the role of women in change and the behavior change that appear on participants of the program. Those articles also indicate the new work ‘theme of WAY for the coming years.
4- Success Stories
- Despite the unstable situation in Tripoli during the past quarter WAY did manage to keep the program activities on schedule including delivering the modules ,the participants focus groups and the lobbying acts, taking into consideration the maximum safety of the young girls and staff.
- The behavior change that we have noticed on the participants especially through the discussions held in the focus groups sessions.
- The engagement of the YWLD participants in the actions held to face the civil war in Tripoli and their determination to carry on and on with these actions.
|The unstable security situation especially the clashes that took place in different areas of Tripoli during the month of May 2012.||WAY team managed to take all the safety matters which included the right time and the right place and the transportation needed to deliver all the participants safe home.|
|The clashes that happened in Tripoli with all the thoughts that made all people afraid that the civil war will take place again in Lebanon , make all of us think about measures should be taken to protect the civil peace in Lebanon. That did made us to think again about the priorities in the objectives of YWLD mainly with the girls political participation.||A sincere decision had been taken by WAY board ,staff and all the team including leaders from the program participants to have “Protecting civil peace in Lebanon “ as the main theme to our work and we did put it in our first priority so the next initiatives should be guided by.|
|The delay of the money transfers according to the program budget for the fourth quarter.||WAY did cover all the items of the 4th quarter budget so the activities should not be affected.|
6- Planned Activities for August through October 2012
- Starting the peer to peer training.
- Deliver the 4th Module of Advocacy
- Working on new initiatives.
- Working on lobbying to serve our main theme.
Update the 3rd Quarterly Report from April to mid June to highlight the progress made and challenges that show responsiveness to the findings and recommendations of the 3rd forum report:
Multi-stage Ope-rationalization Approach
- Strategic directions and coordination’s
WAY asked the local participating NGOs to encourage the young women to express their opinion and present their ideas for the second phase of the program. NDF received some of these ideas as follow:
- Create channels of communication with political parties and develop cooperation protocols with them for the integration of young women in the party activities.
- Raise the awareness on how to prepare lobbying campaign.
- Set up pages on Face book and promote them to build political awareness among young women.
- Provide vocational training to help the young women to occupy leadership positions.
- Create a political forum is composed of a group of girls and acts as a liaison between citizens and the legislative and executive authorities.
- Be a part of the civil struggle to insure the Lebanese civil peace.
- Capacity Building
After assessing the needs of the two local participating NGOs, WAY provided them with all the equipment’s necessary to establish the Community Participatory Centers. The equipment were purchased and handed over at the 3rd quarter and WAY undertook the responsibility to supervise and finalize all the technical installations and agreements so the centers could be permanent centers for YWLD and the peer participants to apply all their social activities. The CPC started receiving the young women and their activities.
- Monitoring and Evaluation
WAY/ YWLD staff and advisors did carry on working on:
- Develop the logic frame of the program
- Prepare the performance monitoring and evaluation plan
- Modify the indicators to be easily measured
- Identify the tools by which the data is collected
- The staff and advisors held many meetings with WAY local partners and young girls’ leaders to participate in preparing the above mentioned items.