UNHCR Lebanon Community Development Update January 2014
Over 1,525 persons (305 families) referred by 116 refugee outreach volunteers (ROVs) to UNHCR and partners. 43% required immediate attention.
ROVs cited the main community concerns this month as difficulties to renew residency permits, delays in winterization, increased school drop-outs, slow food assistance appeal process, and numerous challenges with GlobeMed. UNHCR and its partners are working to find solutions.
Strategy for nationwide roll-out of 600 specialized ROVs developed with sector specialists (education, health and child protection). Funding capacity remains limited.
Livelihoods and self-reliance
1,500 individuals, 40% Lebanese and mostly women, engaged in vocational and life-skill activities through community centers.
1 livelihood center established in Baysour, Mount Lebanon bringing the total to 3 livelihood centers in Lebanon. The centers offer job matching, targeted trainings and referrals to micro-finance.
25 persons, 40% Lebanese, accessed group lending (micro-credit) services.
Increasing employment opportunities was identified as a priority theme for discussion and elaboration within the livelihoods working group.
Social cohesion and conflict mitigation activities
- Conflict dynamic studies done in 11 risk communities to prepare for local conflict mitigation mechanisms to be established in the North (El Nabatieh) and in the South.