Gender Issues

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.

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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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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End Violence Against Children

A study for UNICEF to assess caregivers’ and children’s understanding of childhood and violence against children and what can be done for improvement. The project is part of the END Violence initiative. Methodology: 42 focus group discussions with children and caregivers involving Lebanese, Syrians, and Palestinians.
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Sport and Humanitarian Assistance Project (SAHA)

A study for UNICEF to better understand the needs of Syrian refugees and host communities to whom it is providing assistance and to monitor improvements in social cohesion amongst adolescents and youth. It is part of The Sports and Humanitarian Assistance (SAHA) project involving Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian children aged 11-18 years and youth leaders aged between 18-25 years. It took place in Mount Lebanon, Tripoli, Akkar, Saida, and Tyre. The objective of SAHA was to bring children from different nationalities together to help ease the tensions between them and ensure social cohesion. Football was used as a tool to develop their social skills as well as their talent. Methodology: 36 focus groups equally divided between pre and post project.
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Country Level Gender Analysis

A study for Social Impact funded by USAID to assess existing gender gaps, opportunities and needs that the USAID / Lebanon program can address to better achieve its objectives. The study also delved into the different perceptions of women and men that are particularly disadvantaged or have strong unmet needs for empowerment. Methodology: 56 focus groups and 71 in-depth interviews with representatives from USAID, civil society organizations, municipal members of both genders, ministries and donors.
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Barriers to Women’s Participation in the National and Local Economy and their Utilization of Available Entrepreneurial Opportunities

A study for Oxfam to identify the obstacles that females face in becoming active members in the economy and the steps to be undertaken to open the doors to their becoming social entrepreneurs. The study focused on North Lebanon and Bekaa with a specific focus on the seven BADAEL areas under study. Methodology: 30 focus groups and 1,800 household interviews with Syrian refugees, Palestinian refugees, and vulnerable Lebanese, in addition to 33 key informant interviews with key stakeholders.
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Vocational Training Program for Youth

A study commissioned by AVSI / UNICEF to identify sub-sectors, across eight criteria, with the highest capacity for employment and entrepreneurship of Syrian refugees and host community youth, females, and disabled individuals, taking into account their skill set. Methodology: 450 in-depth interviews with formal and informal businesses – with micro to small operations.

Constraints of Women in Accessing Jobs

A diagnostic for the World Bank identifying main employment constraints faced by women in accessing jobs or becoming professionally active. The objective is to support the government by designing a National Jobs Creation Program. Perspectives of women and men were taken, including employers. Methodology: 32 focus groups and ten in-depth interviews.
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