Municipal Administration & Finance Diploma (MAFD)




As part of its integral role in societal and national development, and within its scope of continuing education, the Muhanna Foundation, in conjunction with CEP@LAU is launched the Municipal Administration and Finance Diploma jointly with the Lebanese American University with the objective of building capacity in various municipal institutions across Lebanon. Proper financial and administrative training and education in line with key Governance and Strategic insight on the workings and the essence of the municipal work will contribute in opening on the modern financial administration tools and provide ways to finance projects and programs through empowering municipalities to gain direct access to the capital markets, also reassuring donors.

Date and duration of the program

The program will be held every Wednesday. Sessions will run simultaneously at the Lebanese American University campuses in both Beirut and Byblos.


Candidates are employees and contractors who assume the functions of heads of departments and divisions within unions of municipalities and municipalities. The program aims to invest in employees about to assume a managerial position, having at least 5 years experience in municipal work and not having attained the age of 60.

All municipalities and unions of municipalities wishing to join are requested to submit the related applications prior to the start of the program.

Participation fees for each candidate: L.L. 2,700,000 per participant


The tuition material has been delivered based on international best practice and customized for Lebanon. The instructors are dedicated professionals who have been experts in their field of practice for at least 10 years each.


Program Details

This module presents the general and legal framework of the Lebanese Municipalities and Unions: The legal and institutional framework of state law, the meaning and attributes of the law, administrative decisions and the principle of legality. In addition to a general session on the importance of municipal work and public awareness, the participants will be introduced to the normative authority, the executive power, rules governing the civil servants and employees, the Municipalities Union body and its competence, as well as the Jurisdiction of the Union Council Chairman and the Geographic Information System. Last but not least, the module covers  sustainable procurement (environmental, economic and social) and its legal framework as well as the procurement cycle (identifying needs, preparing bidding documents, tender evaluation and contract management).

This module deals with pure administration issues: Central and administrative decentralization; Administrative framework and powers of municipal bodies; Municipal unions and organized Administrative Control. In addition the module introduces the office of local development: its role, duties and competence; its relationship with the civil society, municipal commissions, staff and last but not least, the donors. Other important subjects include decentralized cooperation and the implementation of decentralized cooperation projects, Strategic planning and Strategic Framework, the pillars of good governance, and last but not least the Municipal Observatory.

This module tackles the financial perspective of the municipal work: Financial framework of the general budget, how to prepare, implement and monitor it, municipal resources, fees and bonuses and the Independent Municipal Fund. Other important subjects include the taxes and contributions related to the work of municipalities, income tax on wages and salaries, and social security contributions. In addition, the module also addresses accounting issues like the principles of bookkeeping and the budget income statement. Last but not least, this module will cover all necessary points dealing with Pre & Post control issues in addition to Credit rating.

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