Author: Research Editor

Impact of the Strengthened Euro on the Lebanese Economy

The objective was to assess the changes the private sector faced due to the appreciation of the Euro. The study was undertaken in collaboration of the Ministry of Finance. The findings were compiled into a publication. Methodology: Desk research and in-depth interviews with companies operating in the country’s top trading sectors, focused on foodstuffs, textiles, pharmaceuticals, cars, and petroleum.

Euro Med Agreement Awareness Study

The main objective of the study which was funded by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation was to gain qualitative insight from companies in the trade sector on their awareness of the Euro-Med agreement, their perceptions of its advantages and disadvantages as well its potential benefits. Methodology: In-depth face-to-face interviews with company general managers selected from a list of small, medium, and large importers and exporters currently operating in the Lebanese market.

IT Company Valuation

A company specialized in providing professional services and software solutions to the telecom sector, commissioned InfoPro to design a business plan that enables its five-year expansion strategy. The business plan included a strategy to acquire new potential customers in existing markets and enter new markets, expansion of human resource assets to meet the needs of to their actual, up-coming projects and opportunities, and a comprehensive feasibility study. Methodology: Desk review and face-to-face interviews with staff members and other market players.

PSD Flagship Report

The objective of the study was to identify the reasons behind the low level of private investment to GDP, firm-level productivity, economic diversification, and exports of non-traditional products in Lebanon by focusing on the environment faced by firms in the region, the role of public policy in improving it, and the way in which the political economy of State-business relations may be hindering progress on reforms. InfoPro assisted the World Bank in creating a road map on how to maximize the contribution of the private sector to future growth and job creation. Methodology: Desk review and face-to-face interviews with experts on a variety of topics.

Survey on Innovation in the Industrial and ICT Sectors

A study to assess innovation in the Lebanese industrial sector and the ICT sector commissioned by The National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) in collaboration with the World Bank. The objective was to revitalize these sectors by assessing innovative measures being carried out. Methodology: Enterprise survey.

Marketing Plan for High Value Agricultural Products

An agricultural property management company that specializes in producing high quality stone and pome fruits in Central Bekaa was selling its produce to the wholesale market at bulk market prices that seriously undervalue the uniqueness of their premium range of goods. InfoPro developed a marketing plan for the branded produce and investigated opportunities in the market that can be targeted to realize a higher return for its value added products. Methodology: Desk review and face-to-face in-depth interviews with market players and the purchasing managers / owners of Hotels, restaurants, specialty stores, catering businesses, and large supermarkets

Business Plan for a Job Creation Center

The UNDP and the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development (HF) were planning to create a Job Creation Center in Beirut. InfoPro’s mission was to conduct a business plan for the establishment and sustainability of the Job Creation Center that includes a market assessment, a feasibility study, and an implementation plan. Methodology: In-depth interviews were conducted with the UNDP / Hariri Foundation team and recruitment agencies in the Greater Beirut area. A survey was also conducted with youth in search of employment.

Women Entrepreneurship in Formal Private Sector: A Gender Focused Investment Climate Assessment (ICA)

The aim of the study for the World Bank was to assess women’s entrepreneurship in Lebanon and the obstacles faced by women working in the private sector. The study assessed gender differences regarding firm level productivity and simultaneously provided information on company structure, finances, and labor. Methodology: In-depth interviews with the general managers of female owned businesses.

Labor Market Demand Survey

The aim of the study conducted for the ILO was to assess demand in the Lebanese Labor market, to gain perspective of the private sector regarding labor demand and requirements which at a later stage became a part of their labor policy. The study provided in-depth information on recruitment methods and difficulties, payment policies, allowances and benefits provided, in addition to employee experience and education. Methodology: In-depth interviews with upper management at companies across the country and a number of their employees.

Qitabi 2 Baseline Assessment

A study for QITABI-2 project implemented by World Learning and financed by USAID. Gathering baseline data by surveying students and teachers in Grades 2, 3, and 6 in public and private schools. The project will enhance the provision of educational services in Lebanon and specifically the skills of children in reading, math, writing, and social and emotional learning (SEL) skills. Methodology: Assess schools and conduct surveys with principals, teachers, and students.

Voter Behavior and Political change in Lebanon: Analyzing voter behavior in times of crises

A research study for Oxfam Lebanon focused on analyzing voter behavior in the current context and climate that Lebanon is going through in four electoral districts. The research helped understand the reasons for voter inclination and revealed factors necessary to create political change in a complex and deteriorating context. Methodology: A quantitative CATI survey with a large sample.

Dealing with the Past Project

Provide M&E support to UNDP by conducting a baseline, mid-line, and end-line study. The study measured results achieved across all components of the project. Methodology for each phase: CATI, focus group discussions, and Key Informant Interviews with implementing partners.

Winterization Cash Assistance Program

Assessment of the Winterization Cash Assistance Program provided by UNICEF and the Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA). The study provided feedback on the relevance, effectiveness, and the quality of service provided by the program. The study covered the Bekaa, North, and Mount Lebanon. Methodology: –Focus Group discussions with beneficiaries, MOSA directors, coordinators, and social workers.

Market Assessment of Asset-Based Lending (ABL) with focus on Supply Chain Finance (SCF)

Assessment for IFC of Asset-Based Lending (ABL) products in Lebanon with a focus on the SCF market. The study provided: 1) Review and quantification of the overall potential of SCF, demand for SCF, supply, and uncovered gaps across major industries, 2) Recommendations about possible actions for financial institutions in Lebanon to tap into the SCF opportunity, 3) List of the SCF technology platforms with their related key features and characteristics. Methodology: Desk research, Key Informant Interviews, Focus Group discussions, and surveys with MSMEs.

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Lebanon Education Impact Evaluation

Impact Evaluation study for The World Bank in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE). Baseline and an end-line surveys with coaches, teachers, and school principals. A student perception survey and classroom observations were also conducted. The impact evaluation will assess the following: coach content knowledge, teachers’ received dosage on coaching of core practices, perception of coaching session quality, teacher satisfaction, classroom instruction, students’ perception of their teachers and their academic engagement.

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Technical Assessment of the Fruits, Vegetables and Nuts Value Chain

In-depth technical assessment for FAO of the fruits, vegetables and nuts (including pulses) value chains, to assess: 1) Mapping the Value Chains 2) Presenting options for improved productivity and value addition and 3) Assessing gaps in available technology and capacity of potential agriculture centers. Methodology: Interviews with actors in the sectors of agriculture and food processing, in addition to in-depth interviews with market actors and stakeholders such as middle-people, importers, smallholder farmers / small-scale food processors, agriculture and agro-food cooperatives, and MSMEs.

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Feasibility Study and Framework of a Referral Network on Post-Training Support Services

A feasibility analysis for ILO for a referral network system, develop a framework for a blueprint referral network system including implementation scenarios and risk analyses given the current context of the country. Methodology: Conduct Key Informant Interviews with Stakeholders, Map Existing Platforms and Providers of Skills Development and Post Training Support Services, identify potential international linkages, create a framework of the proposed referral system, and assess its feasibility. Methodology included conducting Key Informant Interviews with stakeholders, map existing platforms and providers of skills development and post training support services.
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Child Protection, Advocacy, and Livelihoods Baseline Survey

Baseline evaluation to provide clear evidence of children’s well-being pre and post World Vision’s Child Protection and livelihood interventions. Methodology: Desk Research and 2,920 Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI) with caregivers.

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Assessment of the Lebanon Our Story Intervention

A study to assess SAT-7’s ‘Lebanon Our Story’ program. It targets youth 15 to 25 years old, belonging to all religious or belief groups, including displaced Syrians, Palestinians, and Armenians. Assess success in reaching intended outcomes and objective. Methodology: CATI, Focus Group Discussions conducted with intended audiences.

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Development of Deprived Urban Areas in North Lebanon

A study for Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to assess the ‘Local Development Programme for Deprived Urban Areas in North Lebanon’ Programme, targeting vulnerable women and youth and aims to reduce social frustration linked to poverty and unemployment in Tripoli. A baseline and end line survey were conducted to measure the contribution of inter-communitarian exchange and program activities on positive attitude towards people of other communities. Methodology: CATI.

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Needs of Small Businesses

A three-fold study for SANAD TAF on MSMEs and their needs for future financial and non-financial support: Assess the situation of small businesses and their challenges, to identify topics needing capacity building, and identify well-positioned local institutions able to provide financial and other support to MSMEs. Methodology: Desk research, Key Informant Interviews, and a survey with MSMEs in Greater Beirut and Tripoli.

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Haddi Integrated Child Grant Program

A project for UNICEF to collect data for a baseline survey for the impact evaluation of ‘Haddi’ (Next to me) the Integrated Child Grant Programme, to measure how and to what extent the child grant increases households’ purchasing power for children, reduces negative coping strategies, and facilitates access to services, in an inclusive manner. Methodology: CATI.

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Perspective on Health & Hygiene Needs and Barriers

A study for UNICEF to identify the actual health and hygiene needs of Informal Tented Settlements (ISs) to assist in evolving health and hygiene activities. Methodology: In-depth interviews with key actors and Focus Groups Discussions (FGDs) with refugees residing in ISs.

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Household Assessment of e-Waste

UNDP commissioned InfoPro to conduct a household statistical assessment of e-waste in Lebanon to gain a better understanding of the sector and the necessary measures required to improve its status. Methodology: Nationwide household CATI.

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Lebanon Polls Study

The International Republican Institute (IRI) was interested in obtaining public opinion data by conducting a multi-wave survey. The surveys assess public perceptions of government institutions, political parties, policy priorities, political participation, and political reform. Methodology: Nationwide CATI.

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Integration of Child Protection in Education

AVSI in collaboration with War Child Holland and Terre des Hommes Italy is undertaking a two-year programme titled “Back to the Future II” (BTF II). The programme seeks to promote the enrolment and the retention of refugee and vulnerable Lebanese children aged between three to 17 years old in formal education. InfoPro was commissioned to assess and provide evidence-based recommendations on the impact of child protection (CP) integration in the education response within the Back to the Future programme. Methodology: Desk Review, nine Key Informant Interviews, six Focus Group Discussions, and 280 surveys with caregivers and children.

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Water Project Final Evaluation

A study for a NGO consortium by Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC), Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli (CISP), and Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA). End-line evaluation of a three-year project (MyahCon) that strengthens infrastructural and managerial capacities of local water establishments in 12 communities in the North, Bekaa, and the South. Methodology: Key Informant Interviews with stakeholders, Focus Group Discussions with beneficiaries, and individual interviews.

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Digital financial services and the digitization of agricultural value chains

IFC aimed to increase access to financial services in Lebanon by providing financial institutions with Investment and Advisory Services. IFC appointed PPI and InfoPro to carry out an opportunity sizing/mapping of the financial services sector. An additional focus of the study was to identify opportunities (such as digitalization) for stakeholders within value chains, particularly with regard to supporting financial inclusion of small holder crop farmers. Methodology: Quantitative survey with 1,380 farmers, households, and MSMEs.

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Citizens Attitude Toward Socio-Economic and Political Developments in Lebanon

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) commissioned InfoPro to conduct a nationwide public opinion survey and a series of focus groups to capture Lebanese citizens’ perceptions, expectations, and attitudes towards the current political and economic situation. Methodology: 10 focus groups and a quantitative survey with 2,400 individuals.

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Baseline Surveys for Several Value Chains Under The Lebanon Agriculture and Rural Empowerment (ARE) Activity

The Lebanon Agriculture and Rural Empowerment (ARE) Activity implemented by Chemonics aims to equip the agribusiness sector and rural communities with the technical and financial resources to generate increased productivity, sales, and exports, improving producer income. InfoPro was commissioned to monitor ARE’s activities in order to identify the success of its program and to inform future activities. The sectors assessed included 1) the dairy value chain 2) Fresh and Processed Vegetables value chain 3) Herbs value chain 4) Grapes, Stone Fruits, and Citrus and 5) Potatoes, Alliums, and Fodder. Methodology: Desk research, a quantitative survey with 1,000 farmers, and in-depth interviews with 150 retailers, wholesalers, cooperatives, MSMEs.

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Food Security Value Chain Study

ACTED commissioned InfoPro to conduct a Food Security Value Chain Assessment. The objective was to identify food value chains critical to food security, key bottlenecks and impediments to agricultural production along selected value chains, and propose solutions and recommendations to alleviate efficiency bottlenecks. A desk research exercise was conducted to identifying gaps in available information. A list of the basic food commodities for vulnerable population groups especially those affected by the Beirut port blast was identified. A prioritization matrix was prepared and four value chains were selected. A full value chain analysis across the four products selected was then conducted. Methodology: Desk research, Methodology: Desk research, 20 key-informant interviews (KIIs) with sector experts and representatives, and a quantitative survey with 208 farmers, cooperative members, business owners, and other market actors along each step of the value chain.

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Building Resilient Communities in Lebanon: An Integrated Approach to Livelihoods and Income Generation for Vulnerable Populations

A study for ACTED to evaluate their multi-sector program. The main objective of the program was to Address Root Causes (ARC) of conflict and instability in Lebanon by creating for vulnerable individuals’ sustainable income-generating and livelihood opportunities. The program was implemented in Akkar, Tripoli, Mount Lebanon, Beirut, and Saida. 1,500 individuals, 19 SDCs, 3 TVET Institutes, 1 Vocational Training Center, 22 Artisans and 75 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) were targeted across Lebanon. The aim of the study was to assess the extent to which the project has met its objectives and to provide an external opinion on the relevance and performance of the project, as compared to the original plan. Methodology: 18 key informant interviews, 15 in-depth interviews and CATI surveys with 350 beneficiaries.

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Simplified Economic Assessment Study

A simplified Economic Assessments (SEA) for the ILO that aims at assessing the feasibility of the revival of the Abul Abed coffee shop strip in old Saida. Methodology: Desk Research, Primary Research – Key Informant Interviews, In-Depth Interviews, Focus Groups, and observations, and an Economic Impact Assessment of the Project at the at the micro, meso, and macro levels.

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Impact of the 2019 Crisis on Private Enterprises in Lebanon

The study was commissioned by the World Bank Group. It aims to measure the impact of the crisis on key components of the private sector including sales, profitability, employment, finances, and expectations of the future. Two surveys at different intervals with the same panel of firms were planned to better understand the implications of the crisis, coping mechanisms utilized, and recovery path. Methodology: A quantitative survey with 532 firms.

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Gender Value Chain Analysis

InfoPro with FairTrade Lebanon conducted a market system study for FAO in the areas of Akkar, North, and South Lebanon, and Baalbek-Hermel. The study provided updated information on the current status of four value chains (Plant Product, Agro-Food Processing, Animal Production, and Fisheries and Aquaculture), using a gender perspective. Methodology: 30 Key Informant Interviews, 28 focus groups, and a quantitative survey with 1,400 farmers/herders, fishermen / women, and firm owners.

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Developing Three Case Studies on Gender Workforce Diversity

Three case studies from the private sector in Lebanon commissioned by the World Bank. They focus on 1) Family Friendly Policies (FFPs) 2) Anti-Sexual Harassment and Safe Work Environment and 3) Women in Leadership Positions. Methodology: Desk research, in-depth interviews with top management, and focus groups with employees.

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Final Performance Evaluation of the LIFE Project

A final evaluation was conducted of the Livelihood and Inclusive Financial Expansion (LIFE) project, administered by Palladium and financed by USAID. Methodology: Desk Research, focus groups, and an analytical report on the financial needs of microenterprises and alternative ways of local micro-financing.

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Final Evaluation of Afkar III Programme

The DAC framework for evaluation was utilized to assess the extent to which the EU financed project has met its objectives. Methodology: Desk Research, Key Informant / In-Depth Interviews, and focus groups with project beneficiaries.

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