2022 SAG Award Winners

UN-Habitat Lebanon and UNICEF

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Project Goal

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) collaborated on a joint project (2017–2021), aimed towards an integrated analysis of vulnerabilities among host and refugee communities in urban areas in Lebanon. A first step involved identifying and ranking the 498 most disadvantaged areas in the country, followed by the production of 28 neighbourhood profiles (NPs) for selected ones. NPs are assessments of the living conditions in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Lebanon, containing original multisectoral, multicohort, spatialized data that is collected through a mixed-methods approach and analysed holistically within an area-based framework. To promote dissemination and use of the NP data for evidence-based programming, coordination and further research, UN-Habitat and UNICEF created an interactive online portal to make the data publicly available, followed by training sessions for local community actors on the portal/data use
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Business Problem Solved

In a long-standing context of scarce data on cities in a country that is highly urbanized, combined with growing pressure to maximize efficiencies in intervention funding, there has been an urgent need for reliable multisectoral and spatialized information. Such holistic data can support municipalities and other state and non-state entities to mitigate cross-cohort vulnerability. To offer such a springboard for moving towards sustainable development, UN-Habitat and UNICEF jointly undertook 28 neighbourhood profiles that have informed integrated programming and served as a framework for coordinated actions between various partners involved in addressing vulnerabilities in ways that benefit all neighbourhood residents in the long term. The availability of baseline data for evidence-based planning has been crucial for promoting transparent governance and for helping build urban communities' resilience to, and recovery from, Lebanon's compounding crises (refugee, economic, pandemic, etc.).

Technology Implemented

A considerable part of the primary quantitative, qualitative and mapped NP data is gathered (mainly through field assessments including a comprehensive population count; an enterprise survey; and assessments of buildings, basic urban services, and open spaces) through questionnaires and GIS-based mapping using ArcGIS Survey123. This data – along with more collected using other tools through household surveys, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions – for each of the 13 sectors covered in an NP is then analysed holistically per neighbourhood and published online as one NP, using different templates of ArcGIS StoryMaps (Journal, Cascade, Map Series). StoryMaps include maps authored in Map Viewer.

The online NP portal includes all individual NPs browseable by geographical area or by sector, a database of comparable indicators for all neighbourhoods, and an interactive geoportal (created using ArcGIS Web AppBuilder) presenting the collected mapped data of all neighbourhood

Development Team Biography

UN-Habitat Lebanon
Project methodology development: Ali Saad, Dani Haraki, Riham Kowatly, Suzanne Maguire & Synne Bergby. Project management: Nanor Karageozian. Project officers: Ali Saad (GIS information management); Dani Harake (field preparation & data collection); Riham Kowatly (analysis, visualization & communications). Profiles production & design: Georges Abi Sleiman, Julie Brun, Rena Abou Chawareb & Samar Al-Skaff. GIS data processing: Christelle Bercachy with Mohammed Abou Daher & Racha Serhal. Graphics: Khouloud Hijazi. Website development: Ali Hamad Ameen with design support from Riham Kowatly. Editing: Nanor Karageozian & Suzanne Maguire. Field coordination: Lady Habchy, Mazen Mahfouz, Mohammad Sayah, Samer Chinder & Wael Sinno. Field enumeration: Ali Ghazal, Danielle Hayek, Fouad Tabikh, Lea Hanna, Nisreen Khalifeh, Sarah Kassem, Thierry Khalil & Vanessa Chamilian.
UNICEF Lebanon
Georges Haddad, Jamil El-Khoury & Lama Ghanem; with Connecting Research to Development.