BEIRUT, July 17 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard said Wednesday that her country wants to invest 80 million U.S. dollars to support civil society in the North, South and Bekaa, the National News Agency reported.
"We know that USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) programs are especially given at the municipal level. This is why we are here to help people and provide them with many local and public services. We also know that the Lebanese government has many financial problems and humanitarian challenges, which is why we want to help in this regard," the ambassador said during a ceremony held in honor of municipalities and organizations taking part in BALADI CAP.
The USAID-funded Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development and Investment - Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) program aims to build the capacity of local civil society organizations (CSOs) by enhancing their financial management and internal governance capacity, thereby enabling civil society to serve as leading actors in donor programs and to play a larger role in strengthening civic culture and enhancing democratic governance.
"This program has helped in enhancing financial and administrative operations in addition to its assistance in providing readiness to face disasters and offer basic services to citizens," she said.
Richard also added that the U.S. government has invested over 200 million U.S. dollars to help municipalities in Lebanon.