File- Municipality workers clean the drains ahead of the winter season in Sidon. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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After the release of Lebanon's decentralization draft law in April 2014, we at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies had the opportunity to discuss specific aspects of the proposed legislation – which LCPS had contributed to drafting – with members of civil society from across the country.Not long after the exchange LCPS decided to empirically assess whether municipalities that govern homogenously sectarian areas provide more services than their counterparts in areas with mixed populations.After analyzing the data, it is evident that overall, municipalities which govern areas with a population belonging to predominantly one sectarian group do not perform better than those with mixed sectarian demographics.In other words, there is no difference in the delivery of these services between municipalities whose constituents are primarily from one sect and those that are more diverse.Currently, Lebanon has 1,108 municipalities, of which 70 percent are too small to be able to provide any services.
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