Lebanon is a divided society characterized by a conflict of political interests. The Beirut blast has worsened the situation. It is a transition period and there is a huge lack of trust in public institutions and the current political elite.
The financial and economic crisis
Businesses are shutting down, with the closure of newspapers and mainstream media houses.
Absence of (public sector) authority and state assistance
GFMD’s partners in Lebanon report that civic initiatives and NGOs are stepping in and filling the failures of the state.
In the long-term, this is not sustainable. However, many civic groups believe that NGOs could contribute to institution building in the right political circumstances.