Faith-Based Organizations as Effective Development Partners? Hezbollah and Post-War Reconstruction in Lebanon

  • Mona Harb
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Defining Hezbollah as a faith-based organization (FBO) may seem unusual as it is normally labelled by many Westerners as a terrorist organization and is thus rarely examined as an ‘ordinary’ or legitimate political player. Yet, this is the position I adopt here. This chapter considers Hezbollah as a Lebanese political party which has been in charge of the elaboration and implementation of development policies for middle and lower-income Shi’i groups for over 25 years. I will also analyse the role of Hezbollah’s affiliated institutions as FBOs and will argue that their successes in service provision and management makes them, in certain conditions, effective and accountable partners for development stakeholders. Before proceeding, I will briefly relate Hezbollah to the Lebanese political context.


Civil Society United Nation Development Programme Development Partner Executive Council Municipal Election 
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