After two and a half years of dedicated work, the Women's Economic Participation project concluded in June. The project funded by the Government of Canada aimed to empower women by helping them benefit from economic opportunities. It was implemented within the framework of the UNDP - Lebanon Host Communities Support Programme in partnership with ESDU, ACTED Lebanon, Digital Opportunity Trust, and ABAAD Resource Centre for Gender Equality.
Under the project activities, ESDU conducted 428 technical training sessions on several agricultural, food production, and circular economy practices for 697 women of Lebanese and Syrian nationalities in the Bekaa and South regions of Lebanon. The project supported 26 coops, small and medium-sized enterprises, and startups in increasing their production by supplying the necessary equipment and helping them develop skills for creating successful marketing linkages. Five demo plots and six food trails were also established through the project to serve the participants and the hosting community in the future.
Additionally, the project Climate and Livestreaming Appropriate Technologies (CLIMAT 2) came to an end in August. The project was implemented by ESDU and the World Food Programme (WFP) under the WFP's “Sustainably improving household food security and community resilience to economic and climatic shocks and stresses for Lebanese and displaced women and men" program.
ESDU organized three closing events in Aidamoun-Akkar, Nabi Chit- Baalbak, and Hasbaya. These events included: presenting the project achievements and activities, the success stories of the participants, testimonies from the participating coops/organization about their experience with the project and their plans to maintain the living labs sustainably, and finally a word from WFP representatives. The closing events concluded with a visit to the living labs that were handed to the hosting coops in order to launch its activities.