Status: Active

Project duration: January 2019 – January 2022


Nine years into the Syrian crisis, Lebanon hosts the largest number of refugees per capita in the world and remains at the forefront of one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time (VASYR 2019).

The displacement crisis is putting tremendous pressure on the country’s services and resources, particularly at the local level. Municipalities and Unions of Municipalities (UoMs) are responsible for key services and play an important role in local economic development and in ensuring stability and safety in the community. Yet they have limited ability and resources to play these crucial roles and respond to the needs of local communities. This situation is further exacerbated by the current economic crisis and the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The Municipal Empowerment and Resilience Project is a joint initiative by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). The project is being implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities (MoIM) and funded by the European Union (EU), through its Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis. The project aims to strengthen the long-term resilience of subnational authorities in Lebanon as well as that of host communities and displaced persons affected by the crisis.

Key objectives

1. Subnational authorities will have enhanced capacities to engage in holistic, area-based planning and to consider different scenarios that respond to the needs of the host, refugee, and internally displaced person (IDP) populations.

2. Service delivery will be increasingly responsive and will generate more significant social stability outcomes based on the needs of the host, refugee, and IDP populations.

3. Subnational authorities will be empowered to facilitate local economic development and will have better access to municipal investment that will benefit the extension of public services and economic opportunities for the host, refugee and IDP populations.

The geographic area of interventions


# of Municipalities in the district

Targeted UoM

# of municipalities enrolled in the UoM



Urban Community Al-Fayhaa (UCF)




Federation of Municipalities of the Northern and Coastal Matn




Union of Tyre Municipalities



Contribution in value by donor to UNDP: US$8,530,952

Contribution in value by donor to UN-Habitat: US$8,494,536.90

MERP news and announcements

Press release published 29 June 2020: Municipal Empowerment and Resilience Project activities launch in Lebanon

MERP activities




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