• Development
    Sep 20, 2023

    The Port of Beirut Blast and Global Lessons on People-Centered Recovery

    • Christelle Barakat, Fadi Nicholas Nassar
    The Port of Beirut Blast and Global Lessons on People-Centered Recovery
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    This publication was funded /co-funded by the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of LCPS and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.


    This policy brief aims to provide a global perspective on the practice of people-centered recovery, specifically focusing on the lessons learned beyond the context of Lebanon. This brief offers an analysis of the urgent challenges faced by Lebanon due to its compounded crises.  It identifies three priorities that need to be addressed immediately: first, urgently responding to the needs of the most severely impacted and vulnerable; second, ensuring that relief efforts do not undermine public institutions; and third, guaranteeing that recovery efforts remain inclusive and that no one is left behind. It then delves into the broader concept of people-centered recovery to identify generalizable principles and challenges. To illustrate these principles, this brief presents case experiences from Iraq, Haiti, and Jordan that best address the three pressing challenges identified earlier in Lebanon's context.

    Christelle Barakat is a researcher at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies. She is a recent Lebanese Fulbright Foreign Student program graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, holding an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies with a concentration on International Peace Development. She completed her BA in Political Science and International Affairs with high distinction from the Lebanese American University. Her areas of interest include conflict analysis and resolution, disarmament, globalization, migration and refugee studies, and women and gender studies.
    Fadi Nicholas Nassar is a research fellow at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS). His research focuses on international humanitarian and relief interventions in fragile and conflict settings, popular uprisings and social movements, and Lebanese and Middle Eastern politics. He is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution at the Lebanese American University (LAU). Fadi holds a PhD from the War Studies Department at King’s College London. A graduate of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, he also received a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.
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