In its commitment to education, the Muhanna Foundation publishes robust academic studies on a variety of social and economic topics that serve as starting points for broader policy discussions.
In its endeavor to make knowledge accessible, the Foundation has expanded its electronic library and is continuously developing the scope of programs given to students.
The Foundation finances projects for the public good. A few of the most recent projects are:
- Assessment of private universities in Lebanon
- A study on the implications of the minimum wage on the economy
- Development of a free App for smart-phones to help turn off wrongly lit streetlights during the day.
Research & Projects
In 2012 the World Bank in Lebanon financed a credit rating worthiness project of 5 municipalities and one union. The project was conducted by our sister company i.e. Muhanna & co (who is a Sub Prime to this project). More details on the methodology used and results of the assessments of the project could be found on www.muhanna.biz . During this project, the rating team has identified serious shortcoming in municipal education among staffs in most municipalities. Although, the project was limited to 5 municipalities and 1 union, we have conducted analysis of 240 municipalities in order to understand the municipal sector properly and to develop the appropriate benchmarking in for each region of Lebanon and per the different six size groups of municipalities. After much deliberation with the ministry of interior it was decided in 2013 that the Muhanna Foundation develops the current Municipal Administration and Finance Diploma and to offer it jointly with Lebanese American University.
The Foundation was requested by the European Union to Submit a report on Urban Sustainable Development Strategies in the Mediterranean, framed under MedCities, a network of Mediterranean coastal cities created in Barcelona in November 1991 in order to bring together Mediterranean towns and cities belonging to different countries and promote urban sustainable development as a way to improve living conditions in the region. The objective of the USUDS project is to promote sustainable development and social cohesion in Mediterranean Cities by using urban sustainable development strategies. And this project aims to promote a network for cities interested in building and implementing urban sustainable development strategies in addition to developing three strategies in the cities of Sousse (Tunisia), Larnaca (Cyprus) and Saida (Lebanon).
The Foundation & UNHABITAT analyzed the row results of the Municipal Observatory (MO) which is a tool that aims at evaluating the performance of the Lebanese municipalities through four different aspects:
- Administration & Management;
- Financial Resources;
- Governance; and
- Municipal Development & Services
The questionnaire contains a total of 84 questions distributed across 6 sections. Those questionnaires were filled by the “Municipal Guides”, a group of municipal employees established within the context of the UN-Habitat Decentralization Project implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities (MoIM). The report could be downloaded free from the foundation site http://muhanna.org/en/programs/getDetails/1/1
Subsequently, the Foundation financed a new and more sophisticated survey and awaits the MoIM to circulate. It will publish the updated results thereafter.