Agenzia Italiana Per La Cooperazione Allo Sviluppo (AICS Beirut)
The story of solidarity, cooperation and collaboration between Italy and Lebanon began in 1983. In that year the two governments signed the first agreement for an Italian funding for the reconstruction of Lebanon, upset by the civil war.
With those funds, a pumping station was built for the public aqueduct on the outskirts of Beirut, and today that plant is still a nerve center for the supply of water to the capital.
Since that first project, the Italian Cooperation has continued to be active in the country working with Lebanese institutions and civil society for post-war reconstruction and for support to the most vulnerable social groups.
A commitment which, after the 2006 war, was further strengthened with the opening of an Italian Cooperation office in Lebanon.
In recent years, numerous initiatives have been financed through the bilateral channel in favor of institutional strengthening in social development policies (support for minors, women and gender issues, improvement of the health service), environmental protection and infrastructures, especially related water network and waste disposal, agricultural and rural development, protection and enhancement of cultural heritage.
With the outbreak of the conflict in Syria in 2011, the strategic system has once again begun to combine humanitarian aid interventions in a coordinated manner, with the need to intensify development activities in support of the sectors most affected by the impact of the crisis on territory. The Beirut office was also delegated to manage the programs in SyriaSee more