ACTED has been present in Lebanon since 2006, with a coordination office in the capital Beirut and an operational base in Akkar. In response to the Syrian crisis, ACTED Lebanon delivers support to refugee and host communities, responding simultaneously to emergency and development needs through a community-driven approach. The NGO also implements projects to rehabilitate infrastructure and territories, and supports civil society and micro-enterprises in the health, education and environment sectors.
Lebanon’s political system is deeply polarized, reflecting the country’s long history of conflicts and governmental gridlock. This socio-political division has led 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, which has led to an influx of over 1.5 million Syrian refugees, making Lebanon home to the highest number of refugees per capita. Moreover, unemployment and high levels of informal labour were already a serious problem pre-crisis, with the World Bank suggesting that the Lebanese economy would need to create six times as many jobs just to absorb the regular market entrants. However, economic opportunities for the most vulnerable are on the decline and competition over jobs is cited as a primary driver of tension by both communities.
ACTED Lebanon delivers support to refugee and host communities, responding simultaneously to emergency and development needs through a community-driven approach. Our programmes focus on engagement and capacity building of local authorities and civil society, with the aim of promoting accountable governance and civic engagement in tackling Lebanon’s greatest issues. ACTED aims to promote social protection and suitable living conditions for the most vulnerable, implementing emergency cash, WASH, shelter, and protection support. In order to address issues of employment and contribute to social stability, ACTED is working to improve local communities’ coping capacity to promote sustainable growth and empower local institutions and civil society actors to meaningfully engage with the private sector, while promoting income generating and livelihoods opportunities for vulnerable populations.
Resilient Education: Educational infrastructure and services for the communities of Beirut and Mount Lebanon
Public Authority and Legitimacy Making (PALM) – host-refugee relations in urban Jordan and Lebanon
Sustainable drinking water supply for vulnerable communities
Support improved provision of basic social and health services through local capacity building in Lebanon and Iraqi Kurdistan
Providing Lebanese and Jordanian communities hosting Syrian refugees with improved WASH infrastructure and facilities at community, institution, and household level
Provide Lebanese and Jordanian communities with improved water, hygiene and sanitation infrastructure and facilities
Towards an active participation of civil society in the reform process
Social Protection and Economic Inclusion Programme