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UNDP announces fruits of rehabilitation project in South
Posted on: 7/26/2007 11:11:00 AM

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) announced Wednesday the results of the Socio-Economic Rehabilitation Program for South Lebanon, established jointly with the Council of Development and Reconstruction after last summer's war with Israel. The UNDP also unveiled its future plans for the program.


"The main objectives of the project are to stabilize and improve the living conditions of Southerners who were subject to two decades of Israeli occupation," said a statement issued by the UNDP on Wednesday.


The UNDP implemented a set of small socio-economic projects designed to restore "stability and sustainability" in various Southern villages. Sectors targeted by the project include support for local mobilization and local capacity-building, youth mobilization, reintegration and reconciliation activities, support for income-generating activities and enterprise development, reintegration and rehabilitation of former detainees in Israeli prisons and the creation of a regional information-management system.


The Post-Demining Socio-Economic Rehabilitation in South Lebanon, which was funded by the Japanese government, was one of the sub-projects implemented by the program. The project aimed to initiate socio-economic activities in southern villages where demining work had been conducted by the UN Mine Action Coordination Center.


The project offers vocational demining training, and is expected to include villages heavily affected by cluster bombs and other unexploded ordnance such as Nabatieh and Jezzine, in addition to a number of villages in the Sidon qada.


The UNDP also provided aid to youth in the South by establishing nine youth centers in the Nabatieh region.


The UNDP teamed up with a number of municipalities in the region to attract young people and involve them directly in community activities, which include the rehabilitation of public gardens, village squares and roundabouts.


Youth groups from Quaakaeieh, Nabatieh, Arnoun and Arabsalim will attend a strategic planning workshop from July 25-26. – (The Daily Star)


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