Lebanon Getting Started with 2nd Round of EU Madad Innovation Labs
The EU Madad Innovation Labs (“Labs”) are part of a growing number of innovation labs, bringing together people from diverse backgrounds to jointly learn and develop innovative solutions to local challenges in the context of the Syrian and Iraqi crises. On this aim, the first Stakeholder Workshop of EU Madad Innovation Labs II on Youth and Digital Innovation as part of the Qudra Programme took place on 15 March 2018 in Beirut, Lebanon.
With more than 10 tech-passionate participants, the workshop brought together senior experts on the subject to advance knowledge exchange and enhance creative design-thinking approach of the Labs across the Programme. Met at Fabrika, mostly known as a hub for contemporary art and innovative events in Beirut, organisations including Cherpa, Codi, Digital Opportunity Trust, Injaz, International Rescue Committee, Mobaderoon, Safadi Foundation, Shift, The Nawaya Network, Unite Lebanon Youth Project, Search for Common Ground shared their best experiences and incorporated the lessons learned in order to formulate the best answer to this year’s guiding question:
“How can young people from refugee, IDP and host communities tackle their problems using digital innovations?”.
The outputs of this fruitful event full of ambition and collaboration will provide a clear work plan approach for the next round of the Labs. Detailed information on the terms of applications and deadlines will be soon announced via Qudra Programme’s online platforms www.qudra-programme.org, Facebook Page and Twitter Account.
Samar Dani, Executive Director of Injaz Lebanon found an extra added value of the Madad Labs in growing her professional network, new prospects for cooperation as well as innovative solutions for challenges. She saw her professional contribution to the lab in feeding into the Labs with technical support, providing technical support based on their experience as well as outreach to the pool of their beneficiaries on grass-root level. Dani expressed her thoughts with this statement:
"Madad Labs are creating a platform for stakeholders to collaboratively design integrated programmes addressing new challenges across various sectors in Lebanon"
The Labs have been devised as a key element of the Qudra Programme, which works on the link between humanitarian relief and development in Jordan, Lebanon, North Iraq/KRI and Turkey. The Labs are part of Specific Objective 5 (SO5) and provide a safe space for experimental learning for and by stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries of the Qudra Programme, of which the outcomes can feed back into other Qudra Modules. The Labs seek to provide a platform for exchanging experiences, learning participatory techniques, and developing innovative approaches (prototypes) to strengthen the resilience of refugees/IDPs and host communities.
Qudra – Resilience for Syrian refugees, IDPs and host communities in response to the Syrian and Iraqi crises is a regional action financed by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the 'Madad' Fund and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), seeking to strengthen the resilience of Syrian refugees, IDPs and host communities in response to the Syrian and Iraqi crises. The programme is being jointly implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Expertise France (EF) and Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID) in programme partner countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and North Iraq.