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28 Nov 2015 description

This study seeks to fill the vacuum of knowledge on market functioning in Lebanon. It addresses the observation of an external evaluation report (WFP-ODI, 2015) on insufficient analysis of markets to back specific programme design decisions. In particular, it analyses the micro-level impact for Lebanese traders of three years of market-based food assistance to Syrian refuges by the World Food Programme. It also discusses alternatives to transfer modality options.

27 Nov 2015 description

Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.

27 Nov 2015 description


  • The preliminary ndings of Vasyr 2015, as well as the data from the household proling exercise continue to highlight the increasing diculties of Syrian refugees in meeting their basic needs. To complement the risk of increased vulnerability due to an approaching winter, the sector has completed and started to implement the winter support plan, along with endorsing packages and a methodology as per the 2014’s lessons learnt and recommendations.

27 Nov 2015 description

Situation Analysis

During the reporting period, 4 major events took place:

1) A sandstorm hit the region in early September leading health actors to activate contingency measures to prevent, cope with and respond to the health impacts of the sandstorm. For example, health partners in the North and Akkar distributed protective dust masks to refugees, participated in raising awareness on how to cope with dust and sandstorms,shared awareness guidelines and identied and referred cases in need of health care.

27 Nov 2015 description

Situation Analysis

  • Limited sector funding in September continued to severely restrict the scale of the food assistance activities. WFP provided US$ 13.5 per person and introduced capping of assistance to ve members per household, ensuring that limited assistance reaches the maximum number of households and that highly and severely vulnerable households continue to be supported. In addition, from September onwards the assistance to cases beneting from individual safety net assistance was discontinued.

27 Nov 2015 description

Les images de télédétection par satellite permettront d'améliorer l'utilisation de l'eau pour les cultures

27 Nov 2015 description
report International Alert


International Alert recently published a report, Towards a peace economy in Lebanon, which examines the ways in which governance of Lebanon’s economy underpins its structural and overt conflict dynamics.

27 Nov 2015 description

November 26, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced $100 million in humanitarian assistance funding to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help respond to pressing needs, including shelter, protection, education and health for those affected by the Syrian crisis.

27 Nov 2015 description

Today, Sweden is taking a decision on support to the areas in Iraq that have been liberated from ISIL, as well as to areas in Syria controlled by the opposition and in affected neighbouring countries. The increased support totals SEK 79 million.

“This support to Iraq and Syria is important to enable a long-term solution to the conflicts. Sweden continues to work on both the political and the military track, as well as through aid measures,” says Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström.

26 Nov 2015 description

In the presence of Minister of Information H.E. Mr. Ramzi Jreij, United Nations Development Programme Country Director Mr. Luca Renda, Secretary General of the Higher Council of Defense General Mohamad Kheir, Head of National Council for Scientific Research Remote Sensing Center Dr. Ghaleb Faour, The UNDP Disaster Risk Management Unit at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, in collaboration with The National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) of Lebanon launched the “Flood Risk Assessment and Mapping for Lebanon”, on Wednesday 25th of November, at the Grand Serail- Beirut.

26 Nov 2015 description

The Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Major-General Luciano Portolano, chaired today a regular tripartite meeting with senior officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at the UN Position at Ras Al Naqoura crossing.

25 Nov 2015 description
report IRIN

By Samya Kullab

BEIRUT, 25 November 2015 (IRIN) - Struggling to find work and receiving little aid, many of Lebanon's 1.1 million Syrian refugees are barely getting by. An estimated 90 percent are in debt and nearly all have to make sacrifices. IRIN asked six families how they make do.

See full feature.

25 Nov 2015 description
report Voice of America

John Owens
Last updated on: November 24, 2015 6:05 PM

BEIRUT, LEBANON— Concerns are growing as winter approaches and more Syrian refugees in Lebanon are driven by debt into makeshift shelters.

Aid agencies are attempting to reduce the potentially devastating consequences of freezing conditions and snowstorms that killed eight last year, including three Syrian refugees.

Many refugees are reliant on handouts because governments restrict their ability to provide for themselves.

25 Nov 2015 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Needs inside and out of Syria continue to expand with an increasing number of refugees and Internally Displaced People. Outside Syria there are now estimated to be over 2.2 million child refugees, and inside Syria 6 million children in need of humanitarian assistance, including 2.8 million displaced children.

24 Nov 2015 description

Somalia: Flooding has affected 132,000 people and displaced an estimated 60,000 as low-lying areas of Mogadishu have now been inundated, as well as areas of Middle Shabelle and Lower Juba. Main supply roads are impassable and some airstrips unusable The middle and lower reaches of the Shabelle River remain at high risk of flooding.

23 Nov 2015 description

BEYROUTH, 20 novembre (HCR) – Mohamad, un père de famille syrien, explique que sa vie se résume à un morceau de papier usé. Soigneusement plié et caché sous un matelas, il détaille une liste croissante de dettes.

Les quatre ans qu'il a passés au Liban en tant que réfugié ont épuisé toutes ses ressources. Il dépend désormais d'un bon nombre de voisins, parents et amis qui subviennent à ses besoins.