OUR FOCUS

Social and local
development

At the upstream level, UNDP continues to provide advice for the development of national policies for social development and poverty reduction and makes available relevant reports and assessments. UNDP has recently completed a rapid national poverty assessment and is continuing to provide its support at the national level to enable the concerned national institutions to cope with the impact of the Syrian crisis. UNDP is also strengthening the capacity of emerging sub-national institutions, such as MoSA Social Development Centers to enable them to assume a stronger role in the coordination at the local level and to make connections to relevant national bodies.

At the downstream level, UNDP works on strengthening the capacity of local institutions to develop and implement integrated local development plans that respond to priority community needs focusing on the poorest areas of the country. Facing the effect of the Syrian crisis and the high influx of Syrian refugees to Lebanon, UNDP has focused on supporting the affected Lebanese communities through improving livelihoods and service provision using participatory and conflict sensitive approach. 251 most vulnerable communities were assessed using a participatory and conflict sensitive approach and more than 535 projects were implemented since 2013 across different sectors, targeting so far 160 of those communities and benefiting more than 1.4 million Lebanese and 500,000 Syrian refugees. Those sectors include health, education, water, waste water and waste management, in addition to livelihood interventions with growing emphasis on implementing an integrated area-based economic development approach based on value chain analyses to scale up economic return and focusing on women and youth empowerment.

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