Response to the Syrian Crisis

The economic and social impact of the Syrian crisis in Lebanon reached new heights in 2015-2016. In a country of four million Lebanese nationals, the Government of Lebanon has estimated that there are 1.5 million Syrian refugees, in addition to 300,000 Palestine refugees. The number of people living in poverty in Lebanon has risen by nearly two-thirds since 2011, and local unemployment has also increased significantly. After five years of economic hardship, access to and quality of essential services, including national health, education and infrastructure, have been negatively impacted. This has had the greatest impact on children and youth, affecting education attainment and youth employment (the youth unemployment rate is 33%). Although the number of Syrian refugees remained more or less stable in 2015, and almost USD 5 billion invested to support Lebanon since 2011, individual and institutional vulnerabilities are consistently and rapidly deteriorating. Five years into the crisis, vulnerable populations and institutions have fewer resources to deal with the effects of the increasingly protracted displacement, due to declining resources and limited opportunities to achieve economic independence. In 56 areas, the population has more than doubled within a few years, resulting in some host communities becoming a minority in their respective villages and municipalities. In 84 areas, the population increased by a rate between 50 and 100%. These rapid changes have had profound effects on local community dynamics, the management of authority and resources, and local tensions. This impact was most significant in areas already deprived prior to the crisis (251 areas are home to 67% of deprived Lebanese and 87% Syrian refugees). Local resources, which could barely provide for the host population pre-crisis, are now under even greater pressure.

As a UN co-lead of the LCRP, UNDP is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the plan contribute to Lebanon’s long-term stability. To this end, UNDP runs the Stabilization and Recovery Programme (SRP), which aims to assist the most vulnerable communities in Lebanon and help steer the country towards a more prosperous future.

Annual Report 2015-2016

In an on-going effort to achieve major targets within the SDGs, the UNDP in Lebanon will continue to improve its role in alleviating the challenges arising from the influence of the Syrian conflict more

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OFID and UNDP join forces to address the environmental impact of the Syria crisis in Lebanon

The Syrian conflict is arguably the most tragic humanitarian crisis of our time. Since 2011, half of the country’s pre-war population — more than 11 million people — have been killed or have fled their homes. There are currently more than 4.96 million registered Syrian refugees in neighboring countries.more 

680 Young Lebanese Develop their Skills to Increase their Employability

680 young people from the Bekaa, North Lebanon, South Lebanon, and Mount Lebanon graduated on March 26, 2017 from the “Youth Employment Support” program at the Platea Complex in Jounieh. more 

Fighting Prejudice and Racism with Facts and Figures Discussion Session Tackles Repercussions of the Syrian Crisis on Lebanon

Nora has been unemployed for a year now. She took part in a discussion session organized by the UNDP “Peace Building in Lebanon” project held on Tuesday 22 August, 2017, at Dar El-Nimer in Hamra. more 

A Game against Disasters

The UNDP Disaster Risk Management (DRM) project at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, under the patronage of the Minister of Education Mr. Marwan Hamade, organized the launch of an educational board about disaster risk in Lebanon.more 

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