Minding the gaps as we board the inclusive city path is the primary challenge to reconnect Beirut youth to their city.
As part of the YEI project in Beirut, several round tables were held in the Lebanese capital with the substantial contribution of our local partner, Nahnoo and the support of Loyac and architectsforchange.
During these meetings, we’ve been learning to what extent the experimental approach of Youth Engagement (YEI) is allowing to build effective channels of communication between opponent actors.
Creating a common ground in a multi-shaped city demands alternative solutions, going beyond traditional platforms of dialogue. Multileveled analysis and cross-connections are needed to explore indirect exclusion processes leading to youth disengagement and political inefficiency.
During the process, we are identifying various pitfalls for city’s vibrancy and observing dysfunctions in the decision-making governance structure. Dialogue, mutualization of instruments, access to information and revisiting traditional settings are more than needed.
The piloting is supporting mediation for change, and many youth, civil society, and political groups are standing in the process, eager to walk through the inclusive city path. Acknowledgment of the gaps and a holistic approach to city planning will help to ensure we head forward together.