Lebanon/ 7. Public institutions in cultural infrastructure  

7.3 Status and partnerships of public cultural institutions

At the end of 2008, legal updates and amendments on main cultural institutions were introduced, synchronized with the implementation of the MOC institutions reorganizing law (Law 36 dated 16/10/2008). The amendments included the Higher National Music Institute, National Library, and Public Authority for Museums.

It is a distinction partnerships time in Lebanon, both at public level, which entered into partnership and cooperation agreements with foreign parties such as the World Bank, European Commission, US Agency for International Development, and other Arabic and international institutions, or at the level of partnerships among civil cultural associations, or with Arabic and international bodies.

This partnership phenomenon emerged when small, limited-capacity associations realized the importance of cooperation with similar associations, and with the relevant municipalities, and also because donors normally request such partnerships to ensure that the largest group of people benefit from the projects and to ensure good implementation.

These partnerships come out among both large and small projects. For example, in the plan to build a socio-cultural center in Daraya town in Iqlim Al-Kharroub region (offers were unfolded on 27/4/2007) there was a funding partnership between an international party, the World Bank (through the Council for Reconstruction and Development at the Lebanese Prime Ministry), a local government party (Daraya municipality) and a civil society organisation the (Awareness and Condolence Society). There were also cash contributions from the association of Islamic Relief in Britain and Islamic Charitable Organization in Kuwait. The project directly serves four municipalities: Daraya, Anoot, Al-Zaarooriyeh and Hasroot.

The partnership method is largely sought in cultural projects in Lebanon, especially that the number of cultural associations and clubs is very large, which necessitates alliance to increases projects effectiveness and donor’s enthusiasm.

But these partnerships are based, in most cases, on programs and projects agreed to be executed, not on the basis of strategic and long-term at least by the Lebanese partner. 

Chapter published: 07-04-2016