Lebanon

ACTED has been present in Lebanon since 2006, with a coordination office in the capital Beirut and an operational base in Akkar. ACTED intervenes in response to the Syrian crisis to address the emergency and development needs of refugee and host communities with a community-based approach focusing on capacity building of local authorities and civil society. The NGO also implements infrastructure and land rehabilitation projects, and supports civil society and micro-enterprises in the health, education and environmental sectors.

Mission context

While Lebanon’s history has accustomed it to hosting considerable numbers of refugees from neighboring states, in 2018, the country hosted the highest concentration of refugees per capita in the world. Both Lebanese and Syrians are struggling: in the past year, 170,000 Lebanese have fallen into poverty, and 51% of Syrian refugees can no longer afford their basic needs. 88% of refugee families had debts averaging $1,000. As the modernization of state infrastructure and the provision of basic services lagged behind demand, political pressure intensified to push Syrians out without the necessary guarantees for their safety there.

ACTED in Lebanon

At the heart of ACTED’s approach in Lebanon is engagement with local actors and community members. The aim is to support service delivery and promote greater resilience. ACTED has implemented integrated multi-sectoral programs such as community-led water, sanitation and hygiene programs, as well as housing programs and multi-purpose cash assistance. In its WASH program, ACTED has targeted water authorities for training to improve infrastructure management, while engaging with the public to promote household-level approaches to water management, such as rainwater harvesting.

Through its links with micro-enterprises, SMEs and cooperatives, ACTED sought ways to create livelihoods that are sorely lacking in Lebanon. This involved developing technical training and business development services as well as supporting local institutions to provide market-driven skills development. In order to foster relevant vocational skills and encourage the development of green businesses, ACTED successfully developed an innovative green energy curriculum for vocational training centers run by the Ministry of Education.

Setting up integrated protection and livelihood programmes to close the employment gap for the most vulnerable

As access to employment remains a major challenge in Lebanon, people with additional protection issues face multiple barriers to finding and maintaining employment. To address this gap, ACTED launched an integrated livelihoods and protection program, working with Social Development Centers to provide trainings, vocational counseling, and support to self-employed individuals.

These trainings went beyond job skills alone by incorporating intensive courses to develop life skills through a better understanding of gender equality in employment, conflict resolution, and general job readiness. Participants, some of whom had never had access to education, were able to gain the skills and confidence to land their first job or turn their home-based businesses into profitable enterprises.

ACTED plans to expand this one-on-one coaching and mentoring approach to enable vulnerable households to achieve long-term income security and lift themselves out of extreme poverty.

Ressources

April 2021

The Potential for Domestic Rainwater Harvesting in Lebanon
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June 2020

Vers une économie circulaire au Liban (en anglais)
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en anglais

July 2017

La réponse d'ACTED à la crise syrienne au Liban - 2016-2017
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en anglais

October 2017

Régénération du paysage et de pratiques agricoles durables
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Rapport en anglais

August 2018

Analyse des chaînes de valeur de l'olive et du miel au Liban
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Rapport en anglais

August 2018

Analyse de la chaîne de valeur du miel au Liban
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Rapport en anglais

August 2018

Analyse de la chaîne de valeur de l'olivier libanais
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