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The disunity displayed within the top political levels, within the population, within sectarian divisions, in addition, to the government's lack of a concrete response to the Syrian refugee crisis have led to a deterioration of socioeconomic, political and security conditions that negatively affect the work of civil society organizations in Lebanon.Lebanon has always been affected by an unstable political system and strong sectarianism, leading to severe divisions among civil society.Historically, Lebanon has had a very vibrant civil society working on a wide range of political and developmental issues. Lebanon has always had hundreds, and more recently thousands, of associations dedicated to work on issues of governance, development and democratization. According to recent studies, there are approximately 1.3 associations per 1,000 inhabitants in Lebanon. In less than a week the findings of a mapping study on civil society in Lebanon carried out in the framework of the EU-funded Civil Society Facility South will be launched publically.The report already shared with a number of stakeholders is based on research carried out over five months and provides a description of the context within which civil society operates in Lebanon.
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