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Lebanon

Towards sustainable development within vulnerable areas of Lebanon

ACTED Lebanon delivers support to refugee and host communities, responding simultaneously to emergency and development needs through a community-driven approach focusing on engagement and capacity building of local authorities and civil society, with the aim of promoting accountable governance and civic engagement. Through this support, ACTED aims to bring the most vulnerable Lebanese and refugee households to minimum living standards by providing emergency cash, shelter, water, hygiene and sanitation and protection assistance, but also to improve local communities’ coping capacity to promote sustainable growth and empower civil society actors, stakeholders and local authorities in Lebanon.

Lebanon’s political system is deeply polarized, reflecting the country’s long history of conflicts which has created a government gridlock leading to poor allocation of resources, limited outreach of government services, inconsistent policies and lack of capacity to address development issues. These issues have been compounded by the scale and protracted nature of the Syrian refugee crisis. In this context, ACTED aims to provide an integrated response to resource access and management in overlooked urban and rural areas, supporting the most vulnerable households while working with local and national authorities to ensure a sustainable response

Improving environmental resource management

ACTED’s interventions tackle environmental resource management issues by supporting local authorities and engaging local residents in sustainable environmental practices. ACTED supports the North Water Establishment of Lebanon through infrastructure rehabilitation and capacity building in geographic information systems, while engaging local citizens to stop illegal connections. ACTED has supported municipalities and residents in Akkar and Mount Lebanon Governorates to establish household sorting and local treatment facilities to reduce landfill waste. Moreover, in Akkar, ACTED is implementing an integrated approach to landscape management and food security through a three phase holistic approach: depleted landscapes made to be ecologically productive through water retention; agricultural production for increased livelihoods opportunities; and home-based production systems to improve household-level food security.

Local planning, access to services and safe living conditions

Lebanon is heavily urbanised; yet many urban areas remain overlooked due to the complex political situation and the high concentration of displaced populations. In Tripoli and Beirut, ACTED works with community focal points and municipalities to identify critical needs, and provide an integrated water, hygiene, sanitation and shelter response while providing cash injections to the most severely vulnerable households through the Lebanon Cash Consortium. These programmes integrated protection training, referrals and community initiatives to ensure access to basic rights and safe living conditions. ACTED also engages the union of municipalities and local civil society in Nahr el Istwan (Akkar) in the creation of a union development strategy and civil society-led projects to improve access to services and promote transparent governance.

 

Partners in 2016 :

Centre de crise et de soutien (CdCS) - French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI), Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), EuropeAid, Fondation VEOLIA, Hivos International, Fonds SUEZ initiatives, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI), French senators, Office For The Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Région Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur, Save the Children, Swiss Agency For Development And Cooperation (SDC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

 

 

 

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