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Governmental Institutions

Educational Center for Research and Development



Established: 1971
Type: National

The Educational Center for Research and Development was established by Decree No. 2356, dated 10 December 1971. It is a public institution with financial and administrative independence, linked directly to the Minister of Education and Higher Education, who is its custodian. 

The Center is associated to general educational affairs, and specifically to:

  • Conducting various educational research and dissemination of results in appropriate ways
  • Conducting statistical educational survey and publishing them
  • Acting as a member of committees working in the field of public planning
  • Developing educational plans, projects, automatically or upon request of the Minister, for various types of educational branches and stages with the exception of university education
  • Monitoring the implementation of educational plans after approval by the relevant authorities
  • Reviewing plans, educational assessments
  • Advising the Minister of Education on the creation, expansion, modification or cancelling of educational insitutions, in light of the educational plans, that are planned or under preparation.
  • Studying the curricula, and suggesting appropriate action.
  • Adopting official exam questions and coordinating the presence of the scrutiny committees.
  • Assessing the eligibility of textbooks, publications and other educational material to be used in the educational system, and producing textbooks, publications and educational material.
  • Ensuring documentation and organization of a central educational library.
  • Ensuring technical and health conditions are met in educational buildings and equipment.
  • Preparing individuals for working in all levels of education and fields, with the exception of secondary education and university education.
  • Training education staff for all educational levels and fields, with the exception of university education.
  • Establishing the conditions to be met by candidates for working in all phases and fields of education, with the exception of university education.
  • Other functions entrusted to the Center by laws and regulations.

(Information compiled and translated from official website)


Ministry of Education and Higher Education


Type: National

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education cares for public affairs in education, in both public and private sectors, and manages formal education to ensure the availability of education on the basis of equal opportunity, and quality, and its contribution to building a knowledge society, to social integration and to economic development. 

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education assumes a leadership role in:

  • Producing national educational curriculum, that represents the frame of reference for the overall policies, regulatory frameworks, programs, projects and activities it carries out.
  • Converting Lebanese society to aknowledge society, and preparing scientists and experts, as well as qualified personnel for all areas of life.
  • Achieving social progress and economic development.

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education performs the following tasks:

  • Sponsoring educational affairs education in public and private sectors.
  • Conducting formal education and providing human and material requirements in order to ensure availability of educational opportunities, equality of access, and quality of education.
  • Educational planning, caring for educational studies and developing programs conducive to the achievement of the ministry's mission in its national, humanist, scientific and economic dimensions.

(Information compiled and translated from official website)



Ministry of Public Health


Established: 1988

Type: National

The mission of the ministry of public Health is to Improve the health status of the population by ensuring an equitable accessibility to high quality health services through a fairly financed universal coverage. And by addressing economic and social determinants of health through trans-sectoral policies.

The Ministry seeks an inter sectoral approach and cooperates with other ministries, the private sector and the Civil Society in order to achieve the following goals:

  • To protect the health of the population through the legislation and development of health promotion and protection programs;
  • To contribute to the social safety net by playing the role of an insurer of last resort;
  • To improve access to health care, ensure equity in services availability and utilization and protect the health of the more vulnerable groups;
  • To eradicate and control the communicable and non-communicable diseases prevalent in the country;
  • To inform and educate the people in order to promote the adoption of healthy life-styles and food habits;
  • To seek greater and effective participation of people and communities in planning, implementation and evaluation of primary health care and public health programs;
  • To upgrade health facilities including hospitals, primary health care centers, laboratories and all other health institutions at all levels, and link these through efficient referral system;
  • To ensure adequate and reliable supply of safe effective and quality controlled drugs, and promote its rational use;
  • To enhance the governance of the health system and improve the quality and the cost-effectiveness of health care services; To promote health care human resources development so as to achieve the optimum utilization of health manpower;
  • To strengthen health systems research in order to further improve the health services.

(Information compiled from official website) 



Ministry of Social Affairs


Established: 1993

Type: National

The role and functions of the Ministry of Social Affairs is multi-dimensional and not restricted to providing assistance to vulnerable groups: it is a comprehensive development role. 

The strategy of the Ministry of Social Affairs in social work is based on the principles of sustainable human development, according to the following key pillars:

  • Responding to basic needs of the groups most in need, based on a practical study of their characteristics and programs best suited to deal with their problems.
  • Decentralizing social work and ensuring a balanced development between geographical areas.
  • Encouraging integration and partnership between public and private sectors, at various levels.

(Information compiled and translated from official website)



National AIDS Control Program (NAP)


Established: 1989

Type: National

The National AIDS Control Program (NAP) is a joint project between the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It is technically and administratively supervised by WHO. Main strategies and objectives of the Program consist of teh following:


  • Impress on the various sectors concerned their implication in the fight against AIDS, and ensure their cooperation and full participation
  • Establish and reinforce the NGO's partnership by expanding and supporting the NGO network, thus ensuring a wide range of country based activities and thus ensuring an important grass root involvement
  • Adopt operational research as a basis for planning priority interventions, with a sound monitoring system and evaluation of NAP action plans
  • Establish and reinforce the participation of the private sector, particularly in the area of media and communication to ensure a wider spread of information and awareness on HIV, as well as to establish and reinforce the role of private sector in Patient Care and Support
  • Advocate and adopt the integrated approach to ensure sustained and continued activities on Prevention, Education and Patient Support
  • Prevent sexual transmission, transmission via blood and vertical transmission
  • Alleviate the impact of HIV infection on the patient and his family


  • Promote prevention measures and safer sexual behavior
  • Limit the spread of HIV epidemic and sexually transmitted infections
  • Reduce the health and social impact of the HIV epidemic
  • Identify and mobilize local and external resources to be used in the fight against the HIV epidemic
  • Assist in providing care and treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Assist in providing counseling for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families
  • Reduce the vulnerability of high risk groups to HIV infection

(Information compiled from official website)



National Commission for Lebanese Women


Established: 1995

Type: National

The National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) is the official national mechanism responsible for realizing women's advancement and gender equality in Lebanon. NCLW is entrusted with three types of missions:
  • Consultation: a role performed with the Prime Ministry and all other public administrations concerned with women's affairs;
  • Liaison and coordination: Linking and coordinating with the various public institutions and administrations, and with the various private civil commissions, as well as with Arab and international commissions and organizations;
  • Execution: drawing the proposal for a national strategy for women's affairs; developing and amending the strategy in effect whenever need be. Preparing and planning of programs, activities, studies and workshops related to women, as well as the organization of conferences and seminars besides publications and support of studies and research works related to women's issues.

Furthermore, the NCLW coordinates and establishes connections and links with the different public administrations, civil and non-governmental institutions, and Arab and international organizations, with the aim of promoting the condition of Lebanese women.

(Information compiled from official website)


Academic Institutions

American University of Beirut


Established: 1863

Type: Regional

The American University of Beirut (AUB) is an institution of higher learning founded to provide excellence in education, to participate in the advancement of knowledge through research, and to serve the peoples of the Middle East and beyond. Chartered in New York State in 1863, the university bases its educational philosophy, standards, and practices on the American liberal arts model of higher education. The university believes deeply in and encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to foster tolerance and respect for diversity and dialogue. Graduates will be individuals committed to creative and critical thinking, life-long learning, personal integrity and civic responsibility, and leadership.

(Information compiled from official website)



Center for Studies on Aging



Type: National

The Center for Studies on Aging (CSA) is a non-governmental organization led by a group of professionals committed to the promotion of evidence-based policy and practice in support of the older population in Lebanon in particular and the Arab world more generally. The vision of CSA is Lebanon and a region in which older adults fulfill their potential in leading dignified and secure lives. The mission of the CSA is to create a hub for research, education, policy formulation and training on aging in Lebanon and the Arab region. The overall aim of the CSA is to create a hub for research, education, policy formulation, and training on ageing in Lebanon and the region. The CSA achieves its mission through three strategic tools: Research, database, networks and conferences to raise awareness of aging issues in Lebanon in particular and in the wider Arab world, targeting researchers, policymakers , major donors and service providers in public, private and non-profit sectors; Human resource development to promote good practice in the care of older people in Lebanon and the region; Optimizing opportunities in development plans and policies to promote the mainstreaming of older people’s issues in all economic, social and health development processes and programs.

(Information compiled from official website)

Lebanese American University


Established: 1835

Type: National

The Vision of Lebanese American University is driven by its mission and values. The Vision for LAU will be carried out through: Providing access to a superior education for diverse undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners; Attracting and retaining distinguished faculty who excel in teaching, research and community service; Enrolling and retaining academically qualified and diverse students; Embracing liberal arts in all curricula; Creating opportunities for rigorous research and the dissemination of knowledge; Developing a close-knit community that excels academically, is intellectually stimulating, and is religiously, ethnically and socio-economically diverse; Attracting and retaining a highly qualified staff committed to excellence in service.

The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World was founded in 1973 at the Lebanese American University. The mission of the institute is the following:

  • Engage in academic research on women in the Arab world.
  • Develop and integrate womens studies in the Lebanese American University curriculum.
  • Empower women in the Arab world through development programs and education.
  • Serve as a catalyst for policy changes regarding the rights of women in the Arab world.
  • Facilitate networking and communication among individuals, groups and institutions concerned with women in the Arab world.
  • Extent ties with international organizations and universities working on gender issues.

(Information compiled from official website)


Université Saint Joseph


Established: 1875

Type: National

Saint Joseph University is a private university founded in 1875. The Lebanese state officially recognizes the university and the diplomas it grants in accord with the law organizing higher education in Lebanon; A member of the Association of Arab Universities, the International Association of Universities, the Association of French speaking universities (AUPELF) the International Federation of Catholic Universities, the European Federation of Catholic Universities, the Association of Jesuit Institutions of Higher Learning in Europe and Lebanon and the Euro-Med University (Téthys); Linked to over one hundred universities -- Arab, European, American and Canadian -- by accords for cooperation; The permanent seat of the Association of Arab Dental Schools, hosted by the Faculty of Dentistry at USJ; The permanent seat of the Arab Association of National Institutes for Physiotherapy, hosted by the Institute of Physiotherapy at USJ.

(Information compiled from official website)

University of Balamand


Established: 1988

Type: National

His Beatitude the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Patriarch Ignatius IV founded the University of Balamand in al-Kurah, Lebanon, in 1988. The University operates under a license from the Lebanese Government that authorizes it to grant degrees in its nine Faculties. The University of Balamand is a private, non-profit, independent Lebanese institution of higher learning. It performs its mission through teaching, research, and service to the community. The University is committed to raising future generations in the immutable Eastern values and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality, or physical disability. The main campus of the University is on the Balamand Hill near to the historic Balamand Abbey. In fulfillment of its national mission it also has branches in the capital Beirut and in other regions. 

(Information compiled from official website)


Civil Society Institutions

KAFA (Enough) Violence and Exploitation



Established: 2005
Type: National

Established in 2005 by a group of multi-disciplinary professionals and human rights activists, KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation is a Lebanese non-profit, non-political, non-confessional civil society organization committed to the achievement of gender-equality and non-discrimination, and the advancement of the human rights of women and children. KAFA envisions a society where all its citizens live free of violence and exploitation and where they have equal access to opportunities and results and their human rights are respected, protected and enjoyed. KAFA believes that women’s and children’s rights are integral to this achievement and to building a free and fair society. KAFA’s mission is to work towards eradicating all forms of gender-based violence and exploitation of women and children through advocating for legal reform and change of policies and practices, influencing public opinion, and empowering women and children. Our focus areas are those of 1) Violence against Women 2) Child Sexual Abuse 3) Exploitation and Trafficking in Women 4) Socio-Legal Counseling. KAFA combines in its work the various methods of lobbying, action-research, publication, training and awareness raising, and supporting the victims. Our work’s guiding principles are those of the universality of human rights and the participation and inclusion of all target groups and marginalized people in our endeavors.

(Information compiled from official website)

Lebanon Family Planning Association for Development and Family Empowerment


Established: 1969

Type: National

The Lebanon Family Planning Association for Development and Empowerment works to advocate and promote the achievement of social, cultural, health and human development at all its dimensions, in order to achieve a balanced national development that ensures the stability and survival of the family, it also strives to strengthen the attitudes and practices that are related to Human Rights, especially the goals and objectives of the Millennium Development Goals and based on the following Strategic objectives:
  • Suggest policies and bills and implement activities to support the Family and help to build its capacity in education, upbringing, protection and national rearing, and to help the Family to deal with modern development that affects the attitudes and behaviors of all its members, and to ensure that social development policies respond to the changing needs and rights of the Family and all its members.
  • To work to empower the Woman, at the social, health, political and economic levels, to enable her to practice her national, community and familial roles, and to stop discrimination and violence against her, and to give special attention to the needs of young women and to build the capacity of the field workers to improve the situation of their communities.
  • To promote and build the capacities of Youth, stressing the on the issues related to human rights, citizenship and partnership, to enable them to participate in decision making at the National level and to protect them from risky behaviors.
  • To highlight population issues and demographic aspects that are related in order to define development vision based on real data that will help to implement services that respond to the real needs of the population and to cooperate and complement the National Permanent Population Committee and the parliamentarian Committee for Population and Development
  • To advocate and promote for Sexual Reproductive Health and to provide services to men, youth and women and to protect them from sexually transmitted infections especially HIV/AIDS and to promote the health status of the family from all its aspects.

(Information compiled from official website) 





Established: 2005
Type: National

Masar association was founded in 2005 with the aim to work in community development based on the tenets of citizenship and human rights. The Vision of Masar is to build a civic, secular, and non sectarian society.

The Mission of Masar is to promote citizens’ participation towards a more inclusive, non sectarian, democratic society through empowerment by implementing capacity building activities, mobilization, trainings, awareness raising, lobbying for policy change, and enabling access to information. Masar works with children, youth, women, local communities, NGOs, CBOs, schools and municipalities on the values of local ownership of development initiatives, democratic decision making, transparency and networking. 

The Strategies for promoting and expanding Masar’s work are:

  • The replication of successful models of participation
  • Direct implementation of interventions and through partner organizations
  • Building partnerships with the Media

(Information compiled from official website)



Soins Infirmiers Développement Communautaire



Established: 1987
Type: National

SIDC’s mission is to meet the health needs of the youth, elderly and the most vulnerable individuals and groups in Lebanon through community empowerment. This mission stems from the belief that all individuals are equal and that every individual has the right to health and a healthy life, as well as the belief in the capabilities of communities to collectively and actively manage their problems if empowered for this responsibility. SIDC is aware that community empowerment can only be relevant if a sense of belongingness to the community is emphasized among its members. Therefore, a human rights- based approach is applied to all programs, reaching out to the neediest and marginalized groups of the population. 

(Information compiled from official website)

The Lebanese Council to Resist Violence against Women



Established: 1997
Type: National

The Lebanese Council to Resist Violence against Women (LECORVAW) is a non Governmental Organization that was founded in Beirut, Lebanon’s capital, by March 1997 and in Tripoli, Northern Lebanon by 1999.
The organization's main aim is to break the silence on this taboo issue and promote women’s human rights. It believes as well in condemning violence on all social levels, and in equality between man and woman in all fields.


  • Highlighting the problem of violence against woman considered as a taboo.
  • Finding a social and legal structure that would provide protection for women subject to domestic violence, and that would serve the cause according to the best human dimensions.
  • Living in a society free of gender-based violence.
  • Receiving cases of violence against woman and ensuring their Follow - up


  • Transferring the issue of VAW from the private sphere to public debate, through the following:
  • Reforming the Law of Nationality

(Information compiled from official website)



Visual And Performing Arts Association



Established: 2009
Type: National

The Visual And Performing Arts Association (VAPA) is a non-profit organization registered in August 2009, with a mission to hold artistic and cultural activities aimed towards resolving social issues. The idea of an association was perceived by the founders who are part of Lebanon’s active artistic scene and who, despite their past achievements, have struggled as performing and visual artists in a country where censorship takes over the freedom of expression and government support to artists is almost inexistent. VAPA was first intended to, at one hand, provide network support and assistance to growing artists to help them promote their work, and on the other hand, improve the conditions of artists’ rights and freedom of speech in Lebanon. During the planning process, it was evident that VAPA cannot work on the issues of artists neglecting the other sectors and actors in society. Therefore VAPA has adopted integrative and participative methods to resolve the problems in society by attempting to include local actors form different sectors in the planning, execution, and follow-up process of projects. Following this reasoning, VAPA has decided to tackle social issues through art and culture instead of only solving problems related to art. It is upon this basis that VAPA has been built and operates to fulfill the goals at hand.

(Information compiled from official website)

United Nations Agencies in Lebanon

United Nations Agencies in Lebanon



Established: 1945

Type: International

This is the website of the United Nations System in Lebanon, a window on the world of the different organizations of the United Nations present in the country.

Through UN efforts, governments have concluded many multilateral agreements that make the world a safer, healthier place with greater opportunity and justice for all of us. This comprehensive body of international law, including the human rights law, is one of UN‘s great achievements. The United Nations' presence in Lebanon dates from soon after its independence, and is involved in development assistance and cooperation, security support, and humanitarian and recovery assistance. All agencies present in Lebanon are members of the UN Country Team (UNCT) which is supported by the Resident Coordinator’s Office(UN RCO) and consists of the following agencies, funds, programmes and offices: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund(UNFPA), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Economic and Social Commission For Western Asia (ESCWA), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Human Settlements Programme(UN-HABITAT). As well, UNSCOL (Department of Political Affairs), UNIFIL and UNTSO (Department of Peacekeeping Operations), the Bretton Woods Institutes of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and a number of non-resident UN agencies are also part of the UNCT including WFP, UNIFEM and OCHA.

As well, the UNV office also provides and supports approximately 40 international and national offices to many agencies to support their work in Lebanon. The UNCT meets regularly to ensure the provision of a well coordinated, focused and coherent UN response to Lebanon’s main development challenges.