Applying behavioural insights to facilitate the transition towards a Civil State in Lebanon

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18 November 2021
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Applying behavioural insights to facilitate the transition towards a Civil State in Lebanon
WFD, in partnership with the Digital Transformation Network (DTN) and Nudge Lebanon, recently ran a two-day workshop on applying behavioural insights to help the transition towards a civil state in Lebanon. The move towards a civil state in the Lebanese context means a move away from the confessional system that has replaced national identity as a source of citizens’ rights by sectarian affiliation.

The workshop highlighted how behavioural science can be used as a tool to influence the decisions of citizens, and was attended by civil society organizations that want to see Lebanon complete the switch from a confessional to a civil state.

Participants were introduced to key insights from behavioural science and were shown how they can apply these to overcome the barriers to a healthy transition.

Three areas were explored as key incentives for maintaining the status quo, specifically: material benefits; security and protection; and the sense of belonging the status quo can offer.

Group work enabled participants to explore how the behavioural insights could be used to address these key issues perpetuating the current confessional system in Lebanon.

By the end of the two-day workshop, each team developed an action plan for the ideas to be translated into activities that help inform public policy.

The workshop, and partnership with the DTN contributes to the ongoing work of WFD to guarantee the digital transformation in Lebanon that will help to deliver a more transparent and inclusive government.