UNICEF launches first e-governance project to strengthen child rights, in partnership with the municipality of Kab Elias Wadi el Dalam

Beirut, 20 May 2021 – As part of its commitment to improve child rights across Lebanon, UNICEF launched the first e-governance project in partnership with the municipality of Kab Elias Wadi el Dalam to strengthen the child focused data and municipal governance system.

“The Beqaa Governorate is working closely with UNICEF and the Governor’s Office to address issues related to children’s rights,” said Kamal Abou Jaoude Beqaa Governor. “In this context, UNICEF together with the municipality of Kab Elias Wadi El-Dalam, are jointly working on strengthening local governance in general, and in particular child related-governance systems. This cooperation is an opportunity for the Beqaa region to activate the work of local electronic governance to also include other municipalities”.

Following its introduction, residents can submit a service request or settle accounts directly through the municipality’s website or mobile application. The project empowers the municipality by generating accurate and timely child-focused geographic information system (GIS) which provides the municipality with data to help plan and monitor child rights-related interventions, and analyse the situation of children through regular surveys.

“The Qab Elias data system is part of UNICEF’s local governance work in Lebanon, to develop and build capacities of municipalities to plan, implement and monitor services to children and their families. The data system will help the municipality identify the needs of children in Qab Elias and respond to their needs”, said Yukie Mokuo, UNICEF Representative to Lebanon. “UNICEF will continue to support Qab Elias and other municipalities in their efforts to provide important support to the children and their families”.

“Within the existing framework between the municipality of Qab Elias Wadi El Delm and UNICEF, this project is the first electronic municipality system in Lebanon,” said Jihad al moualemMayor of Kab Elias Wadi El Dalam. “This important project will facilitate the municipality’s relations with communities, especially youth and children who will have more integration opportunities while giving the municipality the possibility of identifying their problems, to therefore meet their needs and develop their capabilities”.

This project was co-funded by the Government of Australia and the Government of Germany, through the German Development Bank KfW, and implemented by Quick Solutions.

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