Initiatives

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Since inception, EED has supported over 600 initiatives aimed at promoting democracy in the EU neighbourhood and beyond. This database provides an insight into the work of EED partners over the years. However, due to the sensitive nature of certain initiatives and personal security risks facing some grantees in the restrictive environments where they operate, not all initiatives are listed in the database.

  • Hakawati Digital SAL

    Country: Lebanon

    Hakawati is a Beirut-based podcast which, a year after its launch, has already become one of the most popular podcasting platforms in the region. With EED’s support, it is producing the second season of “Khilqit Binit”, in which the group interviews successful Arab women who are impacting society and challenging the status quo. Their objective is to encourage young Arab women and girls through the example represented by the interviewees, while discussing sensitive topics such as equal pay, honour killings, under-age marriages, and domestic worker abuse.

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  • Daraj

    Country: Lebanon

    In just a few years, Daraj has succeeded in solidifying its reputation as an independent and credible media outlet. From their headquarters based in Beirut, Daraj publish news and investigative reports on critical topics, while furthering political discussions in the region through opinion and analysis pieces. EED provided Daraj with seed funding in 2017 and will now provide them with core support to allow the organisation to focus their efforts on producing dynamic content and establishing alternative revenue streams that will allow them to be sustainable.

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  • Megaphone

    Country: Lebanon

    Megaphone is a media platform that unpacks the news by creating video explainers and visually engaging content on social and political issues in Lebanon. The initiative aims to counter false and hateful narratives disseminated by Lebanese media while also generating critical public debate. Since its inception in 2017, Megaphone has witnessed a significant increase in their viewership. EED’s renewed funding will allow the initiative to sustain their operations and extend their reach.

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  • Al Murasila

    Country: Lebanon

    While there are a multitude of media outlets in Lebanon, a significant portion of them are affiliated to the state, powerful politicians and oligarchs, or their political parties. To fill the gap in independent news outlets in Lebanon, EED will support Al Murasila, or The (Female) Correspondent, an independent online news platform led by two women, focusing exclusively on long-form investigative reporting. The platform aims to engage in accountability and investigative journalism necessary to hold the Lebanese state to account for its upcoming reforms and legislations.

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  • Beirut Center for Middle East Studies | Baladiyat Monitor

    Country: Lebanon

    BCFMES’s pioneering watchdog initiative “Baladiyat Monitor” monitors the work of municipalities in a plethora of Lebanese regions, building bridges between authorities and citizens.

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  • Lamsat Ward

    Country: Lebanon, Syria

    By renewing its support to Lamsat Ward, EED will help a grassroots Syrian-led organisation operating in Lebanon to consolidate a young and promising initiative, the Kateteeb Center for Culture and Dialogue.

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  • Factory 961 NGO

    Country: Lebanon

    In the current Lebanese context where tensions between the Lebanese and Syrian population are rising in an unprecedented way, Factory 961 firmly believes in the need to spark debate and connections between the local population and the Syrian refugees in various areas in Lebanon.

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  • Jafra

    Country: Lebanon

    Poor infrastructure, lack of basic civil rights and constant tensions are some of the characteristics of life within the Palestinian refugee camp of Borj el Barajneh, in the southern suburb of Beirut.

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  • Sport and Culture Centre

    Country: Lebanon

    Located in Hermel, North East of Lebanon, bordering Syria, the Sport and Culture Center (SCC) aims to promote democratic values through sport and cultural activities and to create a space where teenagers and young adults from Syrian and Lebanon can meet in a non-violent and non-discriminatory environment.

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  • Nitaq

    Country: Lebanon

    Provision of basic public services in the greater Beirut area (and the rest of Lebanon) is woefully inadequate. By combining development, residents’ rights and arts, NGO Nitaq is implementing two initiatives - Yawmiyat (Diary) and Makaniyat (Spaces).

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