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.
While Lebanon’s history has made it accustomed to hosting tremendous numbers of refugees from neighboring states, in 2018, the country was home to the highest concentration of refugees per capita in the world. Both Lebanese and Syrians are struggling: over the past year, 170,000 Lebanese fell into poverty and 51% of Syrian refugees could no longer afford to meet their basic needs. 88% of refugee families had debts averaging 1,000 USD. With upgrades to state infrastructure and basic service provision falling behind demand, political pressure increased to push Syrians back to Syria without the necessary guarantees for their safety in place.
Central to ACTED’s approach in Lebanon is engagement with local stakeholders, including community members, to both support service delivery and promote greater resilience. ACTED implements multi-sectoral integrated programs such as community-led, area-based WASH, shelter, and multi-purpose cash assistance. In its WASH programming, ACTED targets water authorities for trainings to improve infrastructure management, while also engaging with members of the public to promote household-level approaches to water management such as rainwater harvesting.
Using its links with micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and cooperatives, ACTED seeks ways to create livelihoods opportunities so lacking in Lebanon. This involves working to develop technical trainings and business development services, as well as supporting local institutions to provide market-based skill development.
As access to employment remains a major challenge in Lebanon, those with additional protection concerns face multiple barriers to securing and maintaining jobs. To bridge this gap, ACTED launched an integrated livelihood and protection program, working through Social Development Centers to provide trainings, career counseling, and support to the self-employed.
Trainings moved beyond work skills, incorporating intensive courses aimed at developing life skills through building an understanding of gender equality in employment, conflict resolution and general job readiness. Participants, some of whom had never accessed education, were able to acquire the skills and confidence to land their first jobs or leverage their home-based activities into profitable businesses.
ACTED plans to scale-up this approach of individualized coaching and mentoring schemes to offer a pathway for vulnerable households to achieve long-term income security and work themselves out of extreme poverty.
Resilient Education: Educational infrastructure and services for the communities of Beirut and Mount Lebanon
Evidence-based planning and programming for humanitarian actors in Syria
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