6 Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty

Where we are

Halve, Between 1990 And 2015, The Proportion Of People Whose Income Is Less Than One Dollar A Day
Assessing poverty levels and trends in Lebanon is a challenging exercise, due to scarce data and irregular surveys, notwithstanding the fact that poverty measures also have methodological shortcomings. The international measurement of poverty at US$1.25 per day is not suitable to Lebanon’s conditions. National poverty lines and other poverty indices are more relevant, as the problem is not only money-metric but involves multidimensional deprivation of basic needs.
Poverty in Lebanon is characterized by geographical and sectoral disparities. It is more concentrated
in agriculture and in the informal sector. Poor people also live, in general, far from the country’s main
centres, in peripheral areas of the North and Bekaa, though slums are expanding and nurturing

A Situation Analysis: Achievements And Challenges

The latest official nationwide survey results on the living conditions of households date back to 2004-2005. Another household budget survey was launched in 2012, but at the time of writing of this report, its results had not been fully released.
A study conducted by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Ministry of Social Affairs in 2008 used the 2004-2005 survey and applied the unsatisfied basic needs approach based on proxy indicators and found that the share of households that have unsatisfied basic needs accounted for 29.7 percent of total households (30.9 percent of the population). Out of these, 4.4 percent of households lived in extreme deprivation i.e. very low satisfaction of basic needs (3.9 percent of the population) (UNDP and MoSA 2007) .

UNDP's work in Lebanon


    UNDP reduces expenses on drinking water by 60%
     UNDP reduces expenses on drinking water by 60%

    Wadi Khaled, one of the poorest villages in Northern Lebanon, does not have a sufficient water supply for its populations. With the rise in the numbers of Syrian refugees (8000) in Wadi Khaled, the need indeed grew for water.more


    Enhance the relationship between host communities and Syrian refugees
    Enhance the relationship between host communities and Syrian refugees

    As a response to the Syrian crisis, the UNDP approach was to strengthen the Lebanese host communities so they can better support the Syrian refugees. One of the UNDP strategy was to reach this goal through the support of local cooperatives.more

0.82 years
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG1
  1. Reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day
    • Proportion of population below $1 (PPP) per day
    • Poverty gap ratio
    • Share of poorest quintile in national consumption
  2. Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people
    • Growth rate of GDP per person employed
    • Employment-to-population ratio
    • Proportion of employed people living below $1 (PPP) per day
    • Proportion of own-account and contributing family workers in total employment
  3. Reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
    • Prevalence of underweight children under-five years of age
    • Proportion of population below minimum level of dietary energy consumption