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1 CEP Partnership Roundtable II A Funding Forum

2 ‘I’m going to be an engineer’ ‘I’m going to help people’ ‘I’m going to work in a bank’

3 A Win-Win Future for Lebanese and Palestinians

4 The Committee for Employment of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon, CEP

5 The Story of CEP Minister of Labour’s decision June 2005 Creation of the Lebanese Palestinian Dialogue Committee, LPDC (F)CEP created in November 2006 (F)CEP builds consensus on its purpose

6 A Unique Combination of Forces Ministry of Labour Ministry of Foreign Affairs ILO UNRWA PLO Palestinian Civil Society Lebanese Civil Society And Now the Business Community

7 What do our results look like after 3 years?

8 Our latest intervention: Legal Seminar Starts a process aimed at rendering Lebanese Laws compatible with International Conventions Identifies the problematic areas of Labour Laws Debates Social Security for Palestinian Refugees A follow up seminar will widen the debate

9 What We Have Achieved - What We Have Learned – and How We Have Changed Increasing awareness of the win-win concept Research as a tool for change Leverage of partnerships and alliances, including funders – to influence opinion formers and decision makers Convener of dialog to support legislative change and build momentum for change

10 The Story of CEP Funding SDC backs the initial idea and provides core funding – even though at the time it was a hard sell UNRWA provides a home for the Secretariat Norway joins the funding group Now a major proposal is being funded by the European Commission

11 Employment Law and Practice Employment law and practice still makes legal and safe access to jobs and social protection a huge problem for Palestinians

12 What Does Success Look Like for CEP?

13 It’s time Three quotes from Government & Official Statements “Our firm rejection of the settlement (of Palestinians) does not entail a refusal to host our Palestinian brothers and to tend to their humanitarian rights.” “The Lebanese Government will pursue its work to provide human and social rights for Palestinians residing in Lebanon.” “The Palestinians are our brothers whom we must support to allow them a dignified life and honourable work to earn their living in dignity, without being humbled.”

14 Why Support CEP? Committee membership = credibility & integrity Objective, high quality research Policy options for change Proven access to decision makers Leverage of data through partners and alliances

15 The Environment is Ready for Change Public demand Political will Facts

16 You Care about Results So do We

17 ‘I’m going to be an engineer’ ‘I’m going to help people’ ‘I’m going to work in a bank’


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