Youth4Governance is an internship program that engages students, universities, and public administrations in the drive for more accountable, transparent and effective governance in Lebanon. Two years into the program, 70 of Lebanon’s brightest young talents have now worked on practical projects to this end, gaining valuable skills and experience, and proving that the country’s youth have a key role to play in reforming and revitalising Lebanon’s beleaguered public sector.
There is a widespread belief today among the Lebanese population and particularly among youth that the “state” has failed and that civil society can bring about needed solutions. However, lessons learned from Haiti, Iraq, Yemen and others prove that relying on civil society organisations for recovery and redevelopment post-crisis can disrupt society, deepen existing fractures, weaken the social contract and widen the societal gap. Public administration is the bedrock of government and the central instrument through which national policies and programmes are designed and implemented to serve “all” the people. Rebuilding sustainable governance is dependent on re-capturing the state from the current “captors” and reinvesting in the capacity to govern.
Updated September 2022