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A framework for an inclusive and just urban recovery for post-blast Beirut

On August 4, 2020, an explosion in the Port of Beirut killed more than 200 people and wounded 6,000. Almost 300,000 homes and livelihoods were affected in several neighbourhoods adjacent to the port. In the aftermath of the explosion, this project seeks to foster a people-centered, holistic urban recovery process that is participatory, inclusive, gender-sensitive, and environmentally sustainable. The aim is to address deep-rooted socio-spatial inequalities (unequal resources and services in different locations), reduce the threats and barriers related to displacement for the most vulnerable groups, and integrate low-tech, innovative, green, and sustainable systems for the advancement of healthy urban environments, livelihoods, and futures.

The project will develop a shared information platform to support, coordinate, and monitor damage and needs assessments. It will focus on two of the most-affected areas (Mar Mikhail/Gemmayzeh/Jeitawi and Karantina), which will serve as case studies for the implementation of inclusive and people-centered recovery processes. The project will establish formal and informal partnerships with a variety of actors from civil society, local and national governments, and international agencies to facilitate coordination among multiple stakeholders. It will also produce and disseminate data analysis and findings to advance an inclusive, people-centered, and environmentally sustainable framework of urban recovery that can be beneficial for other post-disaster contexts.

Project ID
Project Status
18 months
IDRC Officer
Roula El-Rifai
Total Funding
CA$ 950,000.00
Institution Country
Project Leader
Mona Harb
American University of Beirut