Eight members of International Crisis Group’s Ambassador Council joined a trip to Lebanon alongside Crisis Group staff in November 2017 to understand the consequences of the Syrian war since 2011. Here two Council members reflect on the Syrian refugees they met and Lebanon’s increased fragility as a result of its enormous new burdens.
Syrian accents are now omnipresent in Lebanon. Busy streets are choked with an influx of Syrian cars. At least 1,700 informal Syrian refugee settlements crowd the landscape from Beirut to the Bekaa Valley.
UN AND PARTNERS LAUNCH PLAN TO SUPPORT OVER FIVE MILLION SYRIAN REFUGEES AND COUNTRIES HOSTING THEM
December 12, 2017
AMMAN / GENEVA - United Nations Agencies and NGO partners today released the 2018 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), a USD 4.4 billion plan designed to support over five million refugees from Syria and the vulnerable communities hosting them in neighbouring countries.
Young Syrians repeatedly face the risk of arrest and detention because they don’t have the required identification documents to apply for visas in Lebanon. This hinders their ability to move freely, enroll in school or access basic services.
Mariam* rarely leaves her house, and never ventures out alone. Her fear of going out without the company of her parents or older brothers has forced her to quick school.
The Lebanon Host Communities Support Programme is jointly implemented through a MoSA - UNDP partnership as a comprehensive, coordinated, and durable response to the needs of the host communities during the Syrian Crisis and its implications on the country. LHSP has become the main UNDP contribution to the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (2017-2020).
Following are UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina Mohammed’s remarks at the Ministerial Meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon, in Paris today:
Let me begin by conveying the best wishes and gratitude of Secretary‑General António Guterres to all of you for coming together in support of the people of Lebanon.
To President [Emmanuel] Macron and the Government of France, thank you for convening this meeting and for leading vital diplomatic efforts over recent weeks which have helped get us to this point.
• In October, WFP supported 688,011 Syrian refugees and 16,401 Palestinian refugees from Syria with cash assistance. Additionally, 52,403 vulnerable Lebanese were reached under the National Poverty Targeting Programme.
• Approximately 90,000 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees began receiving USD 27/person for their food expenses, as well as a monthly household top-up of USD 175, redeemable at any ATMs throughout Lebanon, to contribute towards additional food expenses and other non-food essentials.
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Prior to the establishment of ActivityInfo in 2014, multiple sectors and agencies were planning and reporting activities through different means and on different schedules. This was leading to a duplication of reporting and planning and lack of effciency in management of information.
The Ein El Hilweh Palestine refugee camp (EHC), located 3 km south-east of Saida, was first settled in 1948 by refugees from northern Palestine.
The UNDP “Peace Building in Lebanon” project is launching its 17th issue of the Newsletter! Discover what the project’s been up to since June 2017. You will read stories on the “Violence Free Schools” initiative in Tripoli, the “Mechanisms for Social Stability” in North, South and Mount Lebanon, and in the Bekaa, in addition to a preview on the latest News Supplement and media discussions, among other topics.
Newsletter available in Arabic and English.
By Karen Saba
This is my first International Day of Persons with Disability since getting home from a five-month mission in Beirut, Lebanon, where I helped eight other NGOs make their water points, toilets and hygiene facilities more inclusive for people with disabilities, older people, and the vulnerable.
As a woman who is a native Arabic speaker with a “CP (cerebral palsy) accent,” this was an opportunity to not only do the job, but to show Lebanese people, and Syrian refugees the professional potential for a woman with a disability.
Seventeen-year-old Karim* had to drop out of school since he couldn’t produce legal residency documents in Lebanon.
“I like my school a lot,” says Karim. “Everyone treats me very well and bullying is not allowed. Sometimes when we can’t afford the tuition fees they give us discounts.”
Like many other Syrian refugee youth, the 17-year-old was forced to drop out of school because he did not have a legal residence permit.
Les autorités devraient mettre fin à l’incinération à ciel ouvert et élaborer un plan de gestion durable des déchets
Waste Crisis Posing Health Risks - End Open Burning; Create Long-Term Waste Management Plan
(Beirut) – The lack of action by authorities to end open burning of waste across Lebanon is posing serious health risks for nearby residents, violating their right to health, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. People living near open burning reported health problems consistent with the frequent and sustained inhalation of smoke from open burning at waste dumps.
WFP assisted 665,996 displaced Syrians in August 2017, of which 20 percent were female-headed and 65 percent were households with children under the age of five;
Food consumption for assisted households improved significantly in 2017 and increased in August to reach 66 percent of households having an acceptable food consumption, the highest in 2017.
The Water Supply Augmentation Project, led by the Lebanese government, aims to increase the volume of water available to the Greater Beirut and Mount Lebanon area where approximately half of the Lebanese population lives. The Project is financed by the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and Government of Lebanon.
Une troupe de clowns met en scène des contes pour les enfants à partir de témoignages glanés lors d’ateliers interactifs, pour sensibiliser aux droits humains et à la justice sociale.
Par Rima Cherri à Kfarnabrakh, Liban
Des enfants rient des pitreries d’une troupe de clowns qui batifolent sur un terrain de sport au Liban. Mais ces artistes de rue ne sont pas seulement là pour faire rire. À travers leur spectacle, ils transmettent un message fort.
Clowns present tales from children to create awareness of human rights and social justice.
By Rima Cherri in Kfarnabrakh, Lebanon
Children giggle at the antics of a group of clowns fooling around in a Lebanese village sports ground. However, these street performers are not just there for the laughs. They are using tomfoolery to convey a serious message.
Introduction to INTAJ Stability Evidence Papers
With the support of the Government of the United Kingdom, Mercy Corps began implementing the Improved Networks, Training and Jobs (INTAJ 2) program in the Bekaa and North governorates of Lebanon in April 2016. This program builds on the successful pilot of INTAJ 1, which ran from August 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016. Learning from INTAJ 1 enabled Mercy Corps to refine and improve the interventions and impact of the initial pilot.
OUTCOME 5: Boys & girls at risk and survivors of violence, exploitation and abuse have access to an improved and equitable prevention & response
Output 5.2: Displaced and host community boys & girls at risk or survivors of violence have access to an integrated package of quality prevention and response services