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. In order 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.
IAF Alumni Network Night
Once again, we have gathered our unique IAF Alumni network for a yearly gathering! We hosted a dynamic event that consisted of a comedy show and a musical comedy performance that made our participants laugh and take a break from life's stress. The event took place at Blue House Tea Salon in the heart of Beirut and was concluded by a socializing period. To all who attended and participated in the event's success, a big thank you!
Females Lead In Politics (FLIP).
Out of need progress is forged. Following the obvious lack of female representation and involvement in Lebanese politics, we have launched and executed a progressive project in partnership with AFAAL that consisted of online trainings to 30 participants and a 3 day boot-camp with more than 8 trainers that aimed to prepare and help female activists and leaders better perform in the next electoral race!
Liberal Alphabet S ''Seeking freedom, Women Leading Protests''
On November 9th, we held our Liberal Alphabet S event that consisted of the screening of our Women Leading Protests film followed by a dynamic Q&A with journalist Luna Safwan featured in the film. The discussion was moderated by Verena El Amil and then shifted into an interactive discussion with the participants. Special thanks to Union Marks for providing drinks and bites and a charming venue!
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A fresh and dynamic training in a game format! A unique experience for kids to learn about business growth and ventures through experience instead of theory!
SMEX BLOGPOST VOL. III
After the initial launch of the first SMEX BLOGPOST that tackled cybersecurity threats and data privacy issues on official governmental platforms (especially the Ministry of Public Health). SMEX has now analyzed and released its third blogpost that tackles the Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA) and the preservation of citizen data. SMEX has detected numerous potential threats and weaknesses in the ministry's cyber security and recommended to update the platform.
Data Journalism School
Our data journalists in the making have been immersed in an intensive online program that prepares them to deal with data-driven stories. From gathering and collecting data, to cleaning, analysing, and visualizing the findings, 10 Lebanese and Syrian journalists will be able to acquire all the needed tools to present their own data stories at the end of the program.
Stay tuned as more of the project unfolds!
LOOK AT ME EXHIBITION
Following the long and bloody conflict in Syria, we decided to host an exhibition with 10 Syrian photographers in exile. In order to better show and portray the hardship and experience of Syrian immigrants that fled the war, we chose Berlin as hub of Syrian immigrants and artists to attract as much attention to the topic as possible.