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 collaboration with the Lebanese American University (LAU), has developed and launched the Municipal Administration and Finance Diploma.

Over the past decade, MAFD has consistently delivered on its mandate to augment the skills and knowledge of participants hailing from municipal institutions, unions of municipalities, the Ministry of Interior, and prospective candidates from all corners of Lebanon. By offering executive training in financial and administrative matters, coupled with key insights into governance and strategic approaches pertinent to municipal operations, the diploma program aims to equip participants with the tools for financial management and project financing. This initiative also seeks to empower municipalities by facilitating their direct access to capital markets, thereby bolstering their ability to finance projects and programs while instilling confidence in potential donors.

In 2023, we celebrated a significant milestone, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the MAFD program with over 500+ almuni’s and honoring its graduating cohort.

Date and duration of the program

The program, spanning over 5 months with sessions held once a week, will take place every Wednesday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Please feel free to reach out to us for additional information.


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 15 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.

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 commission, staff and last but not least, the donors. Other important subjects include decentralized cooperation and the implementation of decentralized cooperation projects.

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. Las but not least, this module will cover all necessary points dealing with Pre & Post control issues.

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