SDG localization through civil society organizations in Lebanon

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Governments play a crucial role between the global and local level, in localizing SDGs. The UN acknowledges their role and accommodates this institutional setup to advance localization efforts. However, in countries such as Lebanon, it cannot function properly. In Lebanon’s case, Civil Society and CSOs took up the government’s role. This research takes a look at how a country with an inapt government, can advance its sustainable development through CSOs. The objective was to identify barriers to the localization process, and formulate manipulations to CSOs operations that can help them address these barriers, and develop effectively. Through the Delphi-method, experts were asked about their views on the articulated manipulations and their possible effects. Consensus was built throughout two rounds. The findings show, that being ‘location specific’ and ‘using SDGs as a categorization system’ were both deemed beneficial, while an ‘adaptable role’ raised concerns. Furthermore, except for the ‘financial crisis’, manipulations were deemed advantageous in addressing the identified barriers. Finally, the proposed theoretical setup of a CSO was deemed valid, feasible and beneficial to localization. The research on the unique situation of Lebanon allows international organizations to question and diversify the processes they use to help SDG localization. Keywords: SDG localization, Lebanon, Civil Society Organizations, City-CSO, Delphi-method
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