Corruption, Mismanagement and Neglect – Unpicking the Causes and Consequences of Beirut’s Port Explosion

On 4 August 2020, 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in Beirut, killing 137 people, injuring 5,000 and displacing more than 300,000. The tragedy raises questions of responsibility at the intersection of government and international development.

Members event, Webinar
19 October 2020 — 3:00PM TO 4:00PM

Lebanon’s political class came under fire for allowing the explosive material to sit in the warehouse for almost six years but is the government only to blame? 

This event examines the context of the tragedy, how it impacts politics inside and outside Lebanon and how it prompted unprecedented conditions on foreign aid to Lebanon.

  • Did the government know about the explosives, and if so, why did it not act?

  • Was it due to mismanagement or corruption?

  • What role did relationships with international development organizations have to play?

  • How does the tragedy change the internal and external political dynamics of Lebanon and the region?

  • And what can be done now to ease the suffering of people in Lebanon?

As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

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