UNIONS OF MUNICIPALITIES AS ENABLERS OF LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - Federation of the Northern Coastal and
11 October 2022
support communities to engage in municipal processes and procedures to ensure that UoMs and municipalities are responsive to their needs.” The project’s geographic areas of intervention are the Urban Community Al Fayhaa, the Federation of Municipalities of the Northern, Coastal, and Central Matn, and the Union of Municipalities of Tyre with a total of ninety-two (92) partner municipalities. [...] Implementing the LED assessment in the three (3) Unions of Municipalities is the first step of the MERP strategic approach to LED which aims to initiate, develop, and implement a comprehensive four-stage LED process with the UoMs, member municipalities, the private sector, and the local communities including refugees, displaced, and host communities of each target areas as follows: • The implement. [...] Since it falls within the direct remit of local authorities, territorial planning defines ways to optimize the use of the geography and the territorial characteristics of the area and their relationship with the economic and social landscape. [...] When these two (2) determinants are weakened, mainly due to governance failures, they lead to immediate and protracted effects on the local economy as they affect the ability of the local population to work in the immediate term and deteriorates the pool of skills and knowledge in the long term. [...] Moreover, the performance of UoMs is also related to the social capital and good ties that the UoM has with the local residing communities and the national authorities, where fallouts and relationship breakdowns lead to major hurdles and gaps in the concerted economic development effort.