EconomyFeb 16, 2022
The Impact of Multiple Crises on Necessity-Driven Entrepreneurs in Lebanon’s Rural Areas - Rashayya
- Lina S. Maddah
The multiple crises—the financial meltdown, the Covid pandemic, and the port explosion—that have struck Lebanon over the past few years have left small businesses and necessity-driven entrepreneurs (NDEs)struggling for survival, with little or no government assistance. Many NDEs were established originally to cope with difficult economic conditions, and in light of the successive crises, these businesses are struggling to survive. This report is part of a larger project that explores the challenges NDEs in Lebanon’s rural areas are facing, and to offer policy options for local governments to support them.
To carry out the study, three districts from three different governorates were selected for comparative analysis: Rashayya-Bekaa, Fnaidek-Akkar, and Hidab Qattine-South Lebanon. The selection process was based on economic fundamentals, geographical diversity, and rurality characteristics.
In order to pinpoint the challenges that NDEs are facing to remain operational and sustainable in the current crisis, a qualitative research methodology was deployed for data collection. Two data collection methods were used: (1) one-on-one interviews with local decision-makers in each district, (2) focus group discussions with necessity-driven entrepreneurs from the selected sub-sectors in the three districts. For each focus group discussion, up to seven entrepreneurs were recruited from the identified sub-sectors.Lina S. Maddah is an Economic Researcher at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS). Her areas of work include economic development, regional economics, industrial location, firm dynamics, and cultural and creative industries (CCIs). Maddah holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Universitat Rovira I Virgili (URV), Spain. Before joining LCPS, she completed an internship at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Venice, Italy; was a visiting researcher at the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at UIUC, USA; and an economic researcher at the Department of Economics at URV-Spain. She is the recipient of the Martí I Franquès COFUND Fellowship (2017-2020), a project funded by the European Commission. She has participated in several national and international economic platforms that dealt with regional science, CCIs and local development, and economic geography.