Since 2019, Siren has been involved in a comprehensive programme working toward enhancing the Lebanese government’s accountability and governance, while fostering opportunities for increased and more constructive engagement between the public administration, civil society and Lebanese citizens. The “Governance, oversight and accountability in Lebanon” (GOAL) project works on the assumption that change cannot only be prescribed by the street, but also has to come from within the state.
In post-war Lebanon, oversight became a synonym of compliance rather than performance. It focused mostly on sanctioning unprotected low-rung bureaucrats and lower grade civil servants, rather than assessing and monitoring the performance of the public administration as a while.
Central Inspection is Lebanon’s main investigative and inspection agency, and is the cornerstone of the country’s civil service accountability system. The GOAL project seeks to empower CI to fulfil its role of providing effective oversight, driving local development and offering advice to the public administration to improve its efficiency.