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Safadi Foundation USA Announces Launch of New Washington DC Based Office and Website to Support Lebanon’s Human Development Objectives

Safadi Foundation USA Announces Launch of New Washington DC Based Office and Website to Support Lebanon’s Human Development Objectives

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today Safadi Foundation USA announced the official opening of their office based in Washington, DC. Safadi Foundation USA is a non-partisan, charitable, tax-exempt organization dedicated to promoting a national and strategic framework for Lebanon’s human development needs. “This initiative will build support for Lebanese civil society and raise awareness about Lebanon’s critical development challenges,” said Osama Khoury, President of the Foundation.

The Foundation’s development objectives include rallying support for a more efficient and sustainable development in Lebanon through projects aimed at strengthening the capacity of civil society and fostering the growth of strong and independent state institutions dedicated to the rule of law, good governance and development in Lebanon. These objectives will be achieved by partnering international donors with local organizations proven to be accountable, transparent and effective.

The Foundation’s position in Washington, DC allows it to serve as a link between Lebanese local actors, namely its sister organization, and international and American human development organizations based in the USA. The Foundation also aims to strengthen the bridge between Lebanese local communities and the Lebanese and Arab Diaspora in a manner that will transcend sectarian and partisan narratives that complicate a deep understanding of Lebanon’s development challenges.

Since 2001, the Safadi Foundation in Lebanon has been working to improve the livelihood and participation of citizens through programs in the areas of information communication technology, agriculture, social development, health, sports, environment, education, culture, and youth.

A new opportunity for engagement with the Middle East and U.S. foreign assistance is at hand now. “It is likely that the ongoing economic crisis will reduce the level of resources available. Therefore, it’s a good time to think about the priorities of U.S. development assistance to Lebanon and what kind of opportunities can be gained from enhancing the quality and effectiveness of current and future assistance,” said Lara Alameh, the newly appointed Executive Director. The Foundation will serve as an educational resource among policymakers and government officials for sustained economic development assistance to Lebanon based on objective analysis, research and policy guidance.

Safadi Foundation USA is a non-partisan registered 501(c)(3) public charitable tax-exempt organization dedicated to promoting a national and strategic framework for Lebanon’s development.

http://www.safadifoundationusa.org

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Developing Lebanon – New Blog by the Safadi Foundation USA

Developing Lebanon – New Blog by the Safadi Foundation USA

Washington, DC – We are pleased to announce the launch of “Developing Lebanon,” a portal for Lebanese civil society information. Civil society is an integral part of the reform process and critical to the stability of any democratic country. Lebanon has a vibrant civil society that is involved in all facets of life and development sectors, and these organizations have a critical role to play in building a sovereign and independent Lebanon.

Developing Lebanon (http://blog.safadifoundationusa.org/) is designed with the grassroots in mind and will be a way for civil society organizers to connect with each other and to share best practices, success stories, and lessons learned. Coordinating reform efforts will enhance the success of programs and help civil society organizations benefit from other organizations’ strengths and expertise. This blog aims to be a civil society clearinghouse of news, events, and case studies.

Each week Developing Lebanon will spotlight civil society organizations, highlighting their programs and successes. We will conduct interviews with civil society leaders, government officials, and Lebanese citizens on their thoughts and ideas about how to move Lebanon forward in the reform process. The blog will also contain a weekly sector segment focusing on reform efforts in a particular sector, including business, environment, and education, among others. Information about US policy towards Lebanon and Washington-based think tanks that have Lebanon programs will also be routinely included.

In the blog’s sidebar, you will find a list of civil society organizations in Lebanon and across the globe linking to each organization’s website. This list aims to be inclusive and will grow as we discover more organizations working to help overcome Lebanon’s development challenges.
Safadi Foundation USA is a non-partisan registered 501 (c) (3) public charitable tax-exempt organization dedicated to promoting a national and strategic framework for Lebanon’s development.


CONTACT: Lara Alameh, Executive Director, Safadi Foundation USA +1-202-349-0890 or lalameh@safadifoundationusa.org

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