Launch of service delivery and legitimacy research project: Lebanon and Jordan
In Lebanon and Jordan, citizens and governments have been welcoming to the inflow of Syrian refugees, but the increased pressure on municipal and public services has inevitably led to tensions.
A new DLP research project plans to work closely with two DFID-assisted programmes in both countries to test widely-held assumptions that the more effective delivery of services such as health, water and education enhances legitimacy. Can municipal service delivery improve municipal and state legitimacy and foster social cohesion, especially among communities hosting large refugee populations? If so, what might the implications be for domestic public policy and international development actors?
This action-research project takes an iterative approach so that lessons can be learned and adaptations made in real time to respond to changes in the context. It is supported by the UK Government.
As part of the opening phase of this work, DLP research fellows Alina Rocha Menocal and Suda Perera went on a scoping mission to Beirut in June. They met with DFID and other stakeholders that DFID has been working closely with as part of the programme on municipal strengthening it is supporting in Lebanon, including UNDP, the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs, and Aktis. They are also setting up a research partnership with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut.
Image: A woman draws water from a well at an informal tented settlement for Syrian refugees in Lebanon (NRC / Sam Tarling, Flickr)