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  • The purpose of this assessment, being part of wider assessment including also other unions and municipalities, is to review the overall institutional capacity of the union and municipalities in terms of municipal finance, the strengths and weaknesses of the municipal systems supporting it, the threats and challenges to financial sustainability resulting from the current macroeconomic and — financial crisis exacerbation as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic — and the opportunities in terms of building institutional and systems resilience for municipal finance management and delivery.
    As a next step, a profiling process will be conducted in July 2021. The profiling process will help shed light on the political, economic, social, and demographic context within which the Union of Tyre Municipalities finance system functions, as well as the key legal, regulatory, and procedural frameworks relevant to the union.
    This assessment was launched in February 2021. It is being supported by the Municipal Empowerment and Resilience Project (MERP) a joint initiative by UNDP and UN-Habitat, and funded by the European Union through its Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, Madad Fund.
    Eng. Hassan Dbouk, Head of Union of Tyre Region Municipalities, said “We have been doing some efforts in improving financial transparency, and lately we have published our financial statements online. This assessment will strengthen our position, and allow us to attract more international donations” .
    Mr. Mahmoud Batlouni, Innovative Institutional IDEAS president, said “ the importance of this workshop is the Municipal Financial Assessment, which provides a roadmap to improve the administrative, financial, and technical processes of the Union of Tyre Municipalities"

  • On Wednesday May 26, Innovative Institutional IDEAS launched a workshop for representatives from the Al-Fayhaa Union of Municipalities as part of IDEAS’ work on the UNDP and UN-Habitat MERP project. The workshop was held to discuss the findings and recommendations of the municipal finance assessment that IDEAS conducted for the Union.
    Innovative Institutional IDEAS President Mr. Mahmoud Batlouni stated that, "The importance of this workshop lies in the findings of the Municipal Financial Assessment, which provides a roadmap to improve the administrative, financial, and technical processes of the Al Fayhaa Union.
    Eng. Dima Homsi Moussa, Acting Director of the Al Fayhaa Union, commented, “The work highlighted the strengths and weaknesses in the Urban Community of Fayhaa’s administration and finance, and we are looking forward to the final recommendations.