NAHNOO is a youth-led non-governmental organization rallying volunteers across Lebanon to work towards an inclusive society through advocacy campaigns that promote: Good Governance, Public Spaces, and Cultural Heritage.
Through multidisciplinary and participatory research, capacity-building workshops, and grassroot activities, we provide a platform for both youth and professionals to engage in development activities and acquire and nurture the skills needed to impact policy-making at local and national levels.
We uphold the following values and reflect them in our bylaws and working methods.
1. We respect the international convention of human rights with its related protocols and treaties.
2. We believe in participatory approaches to decision-making
3. We value diversity and encourage it within our organization
Our story highlights
2003: NAHNOO was founded as a student club at the Lebanese Public University, with the aim of connecting students through cultural activities.
2009: NAHNOO was officially registered as a non-governmental organization. We started organizing life-skills workshops and cultural exchange activities to empower and bring together youth across societal divides.
2010: We launched our first advocacy campaign, “Horsh Beirut for All”, which promotes Public Spaces in Beirut.
2013: We launched three additional Public Spaces campaigns: “Bayda Ramletna” in Beirut, “Jneinetna Souretna” in Tyre, and “Al Kalaa Be Alb Baalback” in Baalback.
2014: We launched our Good Governance program with the “Participatory Municipalities” initiative, this aims to bring municipalities and city residents closer and develop policies that better serve the public.
2015: “Horsh Beirut for all” campaign succeeded in reopening Horsh Beirut to the public, ending a closure that persisted for more than 20 years.
2017: We launched our “Municipalities under the Spotlight,” which targets the lack of transparency of municipal level politics.
Today: NAHNOO has become a reference point for advocacy in Lebanon, leading several other highly publicized advocacy campaigns across the country. We are lucky to be supported by a strong base of volunteers and a wide array of collaborators.