New action research partnership in Lebanon
DLP Research Fellows Alina Rocha Menocal and Suda Perera are to meet with fellow researchers at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut in mid-September to discuss their newly created partnership. The team is collaborating on an action research project with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to look at service delivery and resilience in Lebanon and Jordan.
This is an innovative study in which researchers will work in real time alongside DFID-supported service delivery programmes to test the assumptions behind them. In particular, the project seeks to gather evidence about the links between service delivery, state legitimacy, social cohesion and resilience.
To do this, researchers will examine the conditions under which municipal service delivery can improve municipal and state legitimacy, especially among communities which, like many in Jordan and Lebanon, host large refugee populations. They will then consider the implications of their findings for domestic public policy and international development actors.
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