Most national and international observers tend to agree that Lebanon is confronted with
three major social and economic issues:
1. The absence of a coordinated social policy, particularly as regards health,
education, social security and the fight against poverty.
2. Poor budgetary procedures leading to a recurrent annual deficit amounting to
around four billion US dollars per year and an inflated national debt that has grown to
$52.6 billion in the space of twenty years.
3. A near total lack of planning in managing our national infrastructure. According
to the present Minister of Economy the country needs to spend some twenty billion US
dollars to overhaul the technical structures that support our society, such as roads,
water supply, sewers, energy generation, power grids, telecommunications, and so
The new government should not try to meet these huge challenges alone.
Rather they should seriously contemplate associating the citizens to the entire reform
to all these challenges.
The government should allow, rather they should encourage the citizens to play an
advisory role in the reform of our social policy and monitoring the results of its
implementation, assisting in setting up and monitoring a national budgetary policy and
procedures, and participating in the adoption of a planned approach to the overhaul of
the country's infrastructure leading to the creation of a National Five Year Plan.
Such an approach is strongly supported by many prestigious world institutions, like the
World Bank, and The Social and Economic Council, as well as by a number of well
known advisory and consultative groups in the United States and in Europe.
We have include in this web site some extracts of their reports that strongly recommend
the introduction of participative governance and provide some clear evidence of its
benefit in the countries where such an approach was used.
We are also of the opinion that, associating the citizens to the task of governance, will
lead to better mutual understanding between them and the Authorities, improved
performance all round, lower levels of corruption, and reduced risks of confrontation
between the citizens and the State.
world famous think tank, the Middle East Research and Information Project, that
attributes the major cause of the grievances of the Algerian population to their
"marginalization" by the Authorities.
Lebanon. It can be best avoided by associating the citizens to the governance and
convincing them as well as the Authorities that their common interest lies in working
together, not against each other.
How can Youth lead the reform movement in Lebanon?
To reform adequately and effectively one must possess both the knowledge and the
Youth own the will and the drive to launch a national reform in this country but they
lack the necessary knowledge.
We believe that they can be the driving engine behind these reforms in spite of all
the intoxication and the brain washing that they have been subjected to in the past
few years through the combined efforts of the establishment, the militia leaders, and
These three groups have successfully forged together an unholy and vicious
alliance, spurred and motivated by their joint desire to retain an exclusive hold on
the resources of our country without interference or protests from the population.
They have rightly realized the danger that an enlightened and knowledgeable youth
might represent to their project
At their instigation, all references to the methods and to the ethics of local public
governance have been carefully expurgated from the curriculums of both our
private and our public universities. These subjects were considered taboo and all
attempts by well meaning educators to introduce them were systematically
countered on the false grounds that they were controversial subjects that run
against the principles of the institution.
As a result, of this calculated policy, our Youth has grown up with a solid knowledge
of a great many topics but remain crassly ignorant of the basic workings of our
public institutions, the ways they should function, and the principles that should
guide them. Incidentally, this may also partially explain why no officially approved
book on Lebanon's history has been adopted until now by our educational system,
for fear of treading on "delicate grounds".
In our opinion, this relative unawareness of the issues of public governance is at the
root of most of the problems that we are facing in Lebanon today. Among them the
lack of civic sense, the exacerbation of religious and communitarian allegiances, the
individualistic and selfish approach to life in general, the absence of belonging to a
State and the lack of attachment to the Nation. All these defects are the results of
the deep chasm that has been artificially created to separate and divide the
population from the State, the governors from the governed (in Arabic, Al Chaab
mina Al Dawle).
The project of participative governance that we are advocating in this web
site is meant to reverse that trend and restore the broken relations between the
State and the citizens. Participative governance, provided it is correctly
implemented, will allow the two estranged parties to reconnect again and forge a
new alliance to rebuild our beautiful Lebanon on some solid and durable
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report published on line, two days, ago by a famous think tank on the real
causes of the grievances of the Algerian population against their
government. According to this report, 300 youth who reported their
grievances to Parliament, complained about marginalization, which is called
This is a serious warning to our government in Lebanon, the current
one as well as the new government that is currently in gestation. Do
not repeat the same mistake. Do not ignore or marginalize the
Lebanese youth lest you face, sooner or later, the same reaction
from your people.
Middle East Research and Information Project.
Algeria's Rebellion by Installments
by Azzedine Layachi | published March 12, 2011
More Than Food
Three hundred youths were invited to air their complaints at a session of
Parliament on January 19, and the price of food was low on their list, even
though the average Algerian spends 40 to 55 percent of his income on
nutrition. The youth representatives spoke instead about the lack of jobs
and housing, their marginalization in the Algerian political and economic
systems, and the contempt (known as hogra) shown to them by the
authorities, including bureaucrats and state security agents. Hogra, indeed,
is the core grievance uniting the rough-hewn rioters of January with the
more polite protesters of February. Opaque and unaccountable, le pouvoir
treats all Algerians who have no stake in the system with a considerable
degree of disdain.