Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) in Lebanon

Rural Economic Development Initiative - REDI (1997 – 2002)

Funded by USAID, the REDI program began in 1997 with the goal of helping families in rural communities improve their living standards. It focused on repairing damage resulting from the 16-year civil war through the creation and technical support of cluster project committees, which not only resulted in community driven projects, but also brought together splintered communities through the development process. Initially, the amount of the Cooperative Agreement between CHF and USAID was around US $6 million but was expanded after the Israeli withdrawal in May 2000 reaching a total amount of $12 million.

CHF, in cooperation with the local NGO - Cooperation for Development (CD), implemented 176 projects, where CHF’s contribution to these projects was $4,721,056 (or 44%) of the entire cost. REDI leveraged $6,080,050 from partners, including local Village Committees, co-ops, municipalities, schools, the Council of the South, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Hydraulics and Water Resources, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Vocational and Technical Education, Ministry of Finance, General National Union of Cooperatives, Rene Mouawad Foundation, University Graduates-Baalbeck Association, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Welfare Association for Development.

In addition, CHF and its implementing partner Cooperation for Development  were able to leverage funds from the U.S. ODC who contributed a total of $141,980 ($93,980 in constructing and $48,000 in equipping the Wadi Khaled Medical Center in Qobayat Cluster).

Results of the program:
Through REDI, CHF International assisted 35 villages in completing environmental management projects, environmental workshops,reforestation campaigns, plant and tree nurseries, and a wastewater treatment plant. In addition, CHF completed three studies on waste management, prepared Environmental Impact Assessment reports and engineering, design, monitoring and management plans. The completion of 176 projects yielded:

  • 6,489 new hectares irrigated, accessed, reclaimed and terraced, with improved irrigation and protected through the restoration of green cover, increased irrigation using recycled water, and the building of retaining walls.
  • 103,836 families accessed new/improved social infrastructures, including schools, potable water supply, health clinics, community centers, access roads, improved food hygiene and rehabilitated/ new sewer system.
  • 10,199 clients accessed expanded economic opportunities, including training services, new technologies, input, know-how and market place.
  • 35 villages initiated environmental management plans to improve or maintain water resources conditions.
  • 38 activities undertaken related to environmental protection practices, wastewater and potable water management, awareness campaigns and workshops, and restoration of green cover.
  • 15 major disputes resolved as a result of CHF engagement.
  • 2,462 person months (PM) of employment were generated and 1,149 PM of training.