The Friedrich Naumann Foundation Beirut office is primarily focused on Lebanon and Syria. Regional and local turmoil makes the work of the foundation in these two countries challenging, forcing our office in Beirut to constantly adapt to new social and political changes. To contribute towards a peaceful and democratic transition in the Syrian society, FNF helps by offering conflict resolution workshops and educational trainings to Syrians and in particular to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. In Lebanon, our main objective is to support Lebanese start-ups, civil society organizations and liberal political parties.
The Economic Collapse and its Impact upon Confessionalism
In the first issue of the series Isabel Henzler Carrascal addresses the system of sectarian governance, the very system that has brought relative stability since the Civil War but also led to political stalemate and economic decline.
If we don't become one
Nour Kelze, Syrian Photographer, asks herself if photos can deliver a narrative that tells the truth about Syria in her Syria Untold feature. Her goal with photographing was to document the existence of events or actions and the people most affected. She wanted people to see.
Women of Lebanon: Sarah Hermez
The 5th profile of our Women of Lebanon series is on Sarah Hermez. In this article we learn about her path to merging her two passions - creativity and social justice in the free design school Creative Space Beirut.
The Regression of the Salafis of Lebanon in Post-2011 Period
Following the Arab Revolutions in 2011, the Salafi movement witnessed dramatic developments, having wide influence on the politics of several Arab countries. In this research paper Abbas Assi analyses why the movement did not gain traction in Lebanon.
Photo and photographer: Time to shape our own narrative
Alaa Hassan, Visual Documentarian, asks how amid international war reportage that dehumanizes Syrians, and after decades of state propaganda, what the role of today's Syrian photographers is?
"Hack the Fake: Fighting Disinformation" Online Hackathon
The hackathon “Hack the Fake: fighting Disinformation” gave university students the opportunity to look at effective solutions related to specific problems related to the fake news and disinformation topic.
Lebanon needs IMF assistance more than ever before
Lebanon is on the brink of bankruptcy. For the first time in the history of the country, the government has failed to repay its public debt. Our project director Kristof Kleemann analyses the current situation.